Disclosure Details

Misconduct - 464/15

Dated: 28 May 2015

Date of request:      08/05/15

Date of response:    28/05/15

Provision of informati11 held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated  8 May 2015 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: 

   a.        Under the FOI Act I wish to request figures showing how many serving police officers have been investigated for allegedly committing sexual offences in each of the following calendar years:
i.      2012
ii.      2013
iii.      2014
For each case in each year please state
b.      the rank of the officer
c.       the nature of the alleged offence eg. sexual assault, rape, misconduct in public office relating to inappropriate sexual behaviour  etc
d.      the outcome of the investigation
e.      the number of investigations that involved victims of crime in each of the calendar years stated above. 
Please only provide this information if you are able to supply it within  the statutory cost limits.

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 am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The information disclosed below has been extracted from a ‘Live’ database and may be subject to the addition and deletion of complaints, complainants and subjects after the initial extraction of data used for the purposes of this request.
Data has been checked for allegations recorded with subject attached between 01/01/2012 and 31/12/2014 for conduct and complaint matters recorded against current serving Police Officers. 
A keyword search was conducted to check for these conduct matters using the ‘allegation summary’ field.  The keywords searched were; ‘sex’, ‘sexual’, ‘assault’ ‘inappropriate’, ‘rape’,  ‘violation’, ‘touch’.
Each conduct and complaint matter the keyword search returned was then read to ascertain if it related to this type of conduct.  Please note each case is investigated and the outcome is dependent upon the issues identified following that investigation.

Please see the below results of those searches which answers your queries in full. 

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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