Officer convictions - 938/14
Dated: 26 Nov 2014
Date of request: 11/11/14
Date of response: 26/11/14
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1. How many police officers have received a conviction from 2010 to date?
Please only provide data for police officers who were employed by Northumbria Police at the time of the incident/conviction. Please include traffic offences.
NB: I would want to include in this question: "Of these, please state how many convictions relate to a) physical violence, or b) dishonesty." However, if the inclusion of that phrase would mean it doesn't get answered then I would exclude it. For the purposes of the questions submitted, dishonesty offences should include those commonly described as dishonesty offences, and would include: theft, burglary, fraud, going equipped for theft, handling stolen goods, making off without payment, robbery, benefit fraud, taking without consent, aggravated taking without consent, vehicle interference, perverting the course of justice, bribery, and perjury.
2. How many police officers within your police service that are responsible for carrying firearms or Tasers have a criminal conviction relating to physical violence, from 2010 to date?
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 provided below relates to criminal convictions attached to conduct and prosecution cases recorded in the Professional Standards Department from 01/01/2010 to 31/10/2014. Please note that the information provided relates to Police Officers who were employed by Northumbria Police at the time of the incident.
At the time of conviction some Officers may have no longer been serving with the Force.
Offences of speeding and other driving offences have only been included if a court hearing has taken place. Cautions and penalty notices have not been included in this response.
1. 30 Police Officers have received a conviction from 01/01/2010-31/10/2014.
Of these convictions, 2 relate to physical violence and 5 relate to dishonesty.
2. No Police Officers who are responsible for carrying Firearms or Tasers have a criminal conviction relating to physical violence from 01/01/2010-31/10/2014.
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