Disclosure Details

Drug driving - 049/16

Dated: 17 Feb 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 12 January 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.

You asked:

1. How much has the deployment and training for the ‘Drugalyser’ cost in your force?

2. How many people have been  tested positive for drugs on roadside tests? Date Range: From the first day of deployment up until your most recent records

3. How many arrests and convictions has the ‘Drugalyser’ programme resulted in? Date Range: From the first day of deployment up until your most recent records

4. What drugs were convictions related to?


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 Finance and HR Departments and the Motor Patrols Unit 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. There is no additional cost to the force for the deployments since March 2015 when it was introduced.  The training package was put together in-house and our own officers delivered the training.  We therefore did not incur any training costs in terms of the training package or in the delivery of the training.

2. 72 such arrests have been made, however that does not take info account the following:

59 arrests unfit  whilst in charge   unclear drink or drugs

27 arrests failed to provide specimen.

352 arrests unfit drive or attempt unclear drink or drugs

3. Due to blood analysis being required we can not provide an accurate count for convictions at this stage.

4. The new kit tests for cannabis and opiate derivatives and cocaine. This cannot be broken down further within the time constraints of the Act.


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.

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena. 

The Disclosure Log contains copies of some of the information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the wider public interest.

The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.

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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.

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.