Disclosure Details

Fraud - 059/13

Dated: 28 Jan 2013

Date of request:      14/01/13

Date of response:   24/01/13

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

Thank you for your email dated 14 January 2013 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: 

  1. Number of officers / civilian irivestgators or analysts who are currently permanently or temporarily attached to the Fraud Units in your police force and how many there were both  1 year ago (at 30 November 2011) and also how many 2 years ago (as at 30 November 2010).

  2. Any comment on why there is a difference in the number of officers over time, (if any) for example; if the number has reduced, was this due to budget cuts or some other reason?

  3. Information on how many frauds (in total), as well as the monetary value, were reported  per month Between 1 December 2009 and 30 November 2012)?

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 both the HR and Corporate Development Departments  of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

  1. Northumbria Police do not have a dedicated ‘Fraud Unit’.  The following are officers / staff who are primarily involved in the investigation of fraud.  Data provided is expressed as a full time equivalent (FTE) for 30th November each year and excludes temporary staff.

    Year Officer Staff Total
    2010 16 5 21
    2011 12.26 5 17.26
    2012 12.26 5 17.26
    Total 40.52 15


  2. Establishment numbers have been defined as a result of an organisational review.

  3. See the below attached which answers this part of your query.

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 crime 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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