Collisions - 1268/16
Dated: 15 Dec 2016
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your e mail dated 14 November 2016 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
1. Number of Forensic collision investigators (FCI) currently employed.
2. Number of non fatal collisions investigated (and not just attended) by the FCI in 2015 ?
3. Please provide copy or link to current collision investigation evaluation policy or procedures
4. When was the last time road death and serious injury investigation procedures were reviewed?
5. Are the prosecution outcomes of collision investigations reported (e.g. are you able to report how often a driver was prosecuted for causing a pedestrian death or serious injuring a cyclist? If so, please provide link/copy to any published data). We were just seeking confirmation that investigation outcomes are collated by the police and published in the public domain. If prosecution outcomes are reported, please just respond yes. If they are in the public domain, please provide a link to them.
6. Does your policy include extending the offer to attend NDORS course to drivers involved in serious injury collisions?
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 within 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. Northumbria Police does not use the role title ‘Forensic Collision Investigator’. However, the Force currently employs 13 police constables in the role of ‘Constable Collision Investigator’ within a ‘Collision Investigation Unit’.
2. In line with the above - 106
3. We do have a procedure regarding the investigation of serious and fatal RTCs, however this is a restricted document and is not open to the public. If you specify what in particular you are interested in we shall establish if those parts can be released, subject to exemptions being applied/redactions being made.
5. Prosecution outcomes would be reported by the courts process as this would be where any death or serious injury accident with an charged driver would end up. Information would not necessarily be released until a prosecution had been finalised.
The National Driver Alertness Course (NDAC) would not be offered in the following circumstances:
Where the incident involves death or serious injury (injuries were perceived to be life threatening or required hospitalisation for 72 hours or more).
Where there are other offences arising from the incident which are being prosecuted - such as no insurance.
Where there is evidence of intent, recklessness or deliberate actions.
Where the incident is bordering on an offence of dangerous driving.
Where the driver or rider is the holder of a provisional licence or a full licence using a provisional entitlement.
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.
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