Disclosure Details

Pensionable service - 654/14

Dated: 01 Sep 2014

Date of request:    14/08/2014

Date of response:  01/09/2014

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 14 August 2014 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

1. How many police officers were there in your force area as of 1 April 2014?
2. How many police officers in your force area had 22 years or more pensionable service as of 1 April 2014?
3. How many police officers in your force area had five years or less pensionable service as of 1 April 2014?

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the HR and Finance Departments of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

1. The actual police officer establishment as at 01 April 2014 was 3719 headcount.

There are currently 3494 officers who are current members of either the 1987 Police Pension Scheme or the 2006 New Police Pension
Scheme. Of these:

2. 919 had 22 years or more pensionable service.

3. 190 had 5 years or less pensionable service.

These figures include officers who are current members of either the 1987 Police Pension Scheme (PPS) or the 2006 New Police Pension Scheme (NPPS). They do not include officers who have opted out of the schemes and have either deferred benefits or have received a refund of contributions. Pensionable service would include any years of pensionable service transferred from other pension schemes from previous employers. 

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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