Misconduct - 513/12
Dated: 07 Jun 2011
Date of request: 18/06/2012
Date of response: 04/07/2012
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 18 June 2012 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.
I would like to ask for the years 2009, 2010, 2011 and as much of this year as is possible, how many police officers facing misconduct allegations have been allowed to leave the force? Please give the reason they were allowed to leave - was it because of sickness, retirement, resignation or any other reason? Please tell me what rank and sex the officer was and what the allegation was. If the allegation was a criminal offence please tell me what the alleged crime was. If it was a sexual offence please tell me what kind. If it was an allegation of violence please tell me what type of violence.
During the same period how many officers were found guilty of misconduct? What were they found guilty of? Again if it was a criminal offence please tell me what kind. If sexual or violent please tel me kind of offence. How were they dealt with?
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 however can not be disclosed for the following reason.
This information is not held in an easily retrievable format. There are approximately 400 officers with allegations made against them. Each record would require a manual viewing to extract the information you request. Even at a conservative estimate of 5 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to locate and extract information specific to your request would take over 30 hours, therefore Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00
You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for your request.
As part of your request would exceed the prescribed limit, as defined by the Act, there is no requirement for Northumbria Police to provide a response to the remaining parts of your request. However, in order to provide you with some assistance, under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, an initial assessment of the information that may be provided within the time constraints would be all questions for a 1 year period only.
If this would be useful you may wish to define and resubmit your request accordingly.
You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 via the Disclosure Log. The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.
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 public interest. The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester. I have provided the relevant link below:-
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.