Disclosure Details

Polygraphs - 1381/16

Dated: 20 Jan 2017

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

Thank you for your e mail dated 15  December 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. Has Northumbria police ever used polygraphs machines on sex offenders or other criminals or any other uses

2. Has any court orders ever been issued to Northumbria police force for the use of polygraphs machine

3. Has Northumbria police constables/staff been trained on polygraphs machines

4. How many Northumbria police constables/staff been trained on polygraphs machines 


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 Crime 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. 

1. 14 polygraph tests have been conducted on Registered Sex Offenders.

2. No.

3 & 4. Northumbria Police currently have two police officers who are undergoing the training to conduct polygraph testing. 

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.