Disclosure Details

Officer duties - 596/14

Dated: 06 Aug 2014

Date of request:    22/07/14

Date of response:  06/08/14

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

Thank you for your email dated 22 July 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. What are the maximum and minimum numbers of police officers from your force on duty:
a) on Saturday night/ Sunday morning during the shift(s) that cover the hours of 11pm to 6am in any town or city centres in your area?
b) on Tuesday night/ Wednesday morning during the shift(s) that cover the hours of 11pm to 6am in any town or city centres in your area?
2. How many police officers from your force were on duty:
a) on Saturday night/ Sunday morning, 19th/ 20th July 2014, during the shift(s) that covered the hours of 11pm to 6am in any town or city centres in your area?
b) on Tuesday night/ Wednesday morning,15th/ 16th July 2014  during the shift(s) that covered the hours of 11pm to 6am in any town or city centres in your area?

To clarify by town or city centre I have ask that the figures be  provided for Newcastle, Sunderland and Gateshead town centres.

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 Force Resilience Department and the 3 Area Commands of the locations specified in your request.
I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part  by Northumbria Police.

As we have considered that on this occasion that there is no harm in disclosure, I have today decided to release the located information to you as follows. 
You should note however that this may not be the case should similar requests be submitted.

1. a) and b)
No information held.  Northumbria Police do not have recorded information regarding a set maximum or minimum level of police officers on duty.

2.  Information provided below shows both lateshift and nightshift resources. 
The figures do not include specialist resources such as motor patrols or dog section officers.
You should note  that staffing levels constantly adapt to demand and the information provided  would only be true as of those dates specified.
If needed resources are easily be deployed from other areas.
If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would expect that you to take into consideration the factors highlighted above so as not to mislead members of the public or official bodies or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.
With the above in mind, please see the below information which answers this part of your request.

Lates -  24
Nights - 14
Total -    38

Lates - 17
Nights - 10
Total -   27

Lates - 34
Nights - 20
Total - 54

Lates -  21
Nights - 19
Total -    40

Lates - 22
Nights - 12
Total -   34

Lates - 22
Nights - 18
Total - 40

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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