Disclosure Details

Accidental discharge - 075/14

Dated: 17 Feb 2014

Date of request:    20/01/2014

Date of response:  17/02/2014

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

Thank you for your email dated 20 January 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: 

Details of incidents where police firearms have been accidentally fired (known as negligent discharges) since January 2011 up until the date this request was recieved. Please include:

- The date and place of the incident.
- Full details of the incident (e.g. how the accident happened, injuries resulting from the accident).
- The type of firearm involved in the incident.
- Details of any disciplinary action taken against officers responsible for a negligent discharge.

In response:

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 Firearm Support Unit and Professional  Standards Department    of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

On Thursday the 2nd August 2012, two Armed Response Vehicle (ARV) officers commenced duty at the Operational Armoury and made ready their weapons.

During this process an officer discharged a single round from a H & K G36 carbine. No person was injured.

Between January 2011 and 22 January 2014, there has been no disciplinary action taken against officers involved in negligent discharges.

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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