Disclosure Details

Police dogs and horses - 267/13

Dated: 22 Apr 2013

Date of request:      02/04/2013

Date of response:   22/04/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated  2 April 2013 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: 

 - the number of complaints received by your force about the behaviour / action of your police dogs or - if your force has them - horses since 1st September 2010. Please include all recorded incidents where members of the public, or other police workers, have complained that they have been injured by the animals, or their property been damaged by them.

 - where possible, please provide a brief description of each incident, giving the circumstances in which it occurred and details of the alleged action, as well as any subsequent action taken by your force.

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 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.

Where a case is dispensed with, it refers to an application to dispense with the need to investigate a complaint.  This can be for a number of reasons, for example the complainant does not assist with any investigation, or doesn’t respond to requests for information to base an investigation on.  If the case has previously been subject to criminal proceedings affecting the complaint investigation then the dispensation is done by the force.  In other cases the IPCC makes the decision whether to allow a dispensation from the requirement to investigate.

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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