Bonus payments - 713/13
Dated: 08 Nov 2013
Date of request: 25/10/2013
Date of response: 08/11/2013
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
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1. How much money in total has your force paid out to officers and staff under its bonus payment scheme in each of the past three financial years (2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13)? If possible, please also state how much you expect to pay out in 2013-14.
2. In each year, how much money has been paid out to officers and staff for carrying out work of an unpleasant nature?
3. If possible please list the circumstances in which each payment was made (ie PC received £50 for handling decomposed or mutilated body)
4. In each year, how much in bonuses has been paid out to officers who have had to inform relatives of a bereavement?
5. Please could you also say whether your chief officers have received or refused bonuses in each of the past three financial years, and how much they were offered.
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 Finance Department 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. The Force paid the following under its bonus payment scheme for the years requested.
2010/11 - £14,015
2011/12 - £11,050
2012/13 - £ 3,550
Bonus to be paid in 2013/14 is dependant on criteria being met and as such is not known at this time.
2. The Force paid officers and staff the following for carrying out work of an unpleasant nature
2010/11 - £5,450
2011/12 - £5,000
2012/13 - £1,400
3. The circumstances in which they were made were as follows
93 officers received £50 for handling a dead body in advanced stage of decomposition.
6 Officers received £75 for handling a dead body in advanced stage of decomposition.
7 Officers received £50 for other unpleasant duties.
95 officers received £50 for handling a dead body in advanced stage of decomposition.
5 Officers received £50 for other unpleasant duties.
25 officers received £50 for handling a dead body in advanced stage of decomposition.
3 Officers received £50 for other unpleasant duties.
4. No Bonuses were paid out to officers who have had to inform relatives of a bereavement
5. Chief Officers did not receive any bonus in respect of financial years 2010/11 to 2012/13.
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