Bonus payments - 357/14
Dated: 23 May 2014
Date of request: 16/04/2014
Date of response: 22/05/2014
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 16 April 2014 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.
The financial year 2013/2014 has now closed and the following details are requested.
1. What were the policing objectives/targets set for your police service/constabulary for the financial year ending March 2014?
2. Who was responsible for setting the targets?
3. Please provide details of the financial bonuses received or projected to be received for the years 2013/2014 by the following persons:
a. Chief Constable (Please name)
b. Deputy/Assistant Chief Constables (Please name)
c. Any other executive ranking officers (Please name and identify their ranks)
4. Please supply the exact figures for bonus payments received by the above category of persons for the year 2012/2013
5. Please provide details of any officer/s refusing to accept their allocated bonus payment.
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. All policing objectives/targets for 2013/14 are readily available on both the Northumbria Police website and the PCC's website in the form of the Police and Crime Plan and Chief Constables Delivery Plan.
Regarding question 1, as the information you have requested is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.
I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.
Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means
Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.
This information is published on both the Northumbria Police website and the website of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria in the form of the Police and Crime Plan and Chief Constables Delivery Plan. and is therefore freely available.
I have provided the relevant links below
2. Targets, where they exist, are created in discussion with senior leaders and the Chief Officer Team and approved by the Chief Constable.
3. No financial bonuses were received or projected to be received for the years 2013/2014 by the following persons:
a. Chief Constable
b. Deputy/Assistant Chief Constables
c. Any other executive ranking officers
4. No bonus payments were received by the above category of persons for the year 2012/13
5. There was no allocated bonus in 12/13 and 13/14 due to a two year suspension of chief officers' bonuses from the 17 April 2012 as per the Home Office circular 010/2012 ( Amendments to the determination under the police regulations 2003 to implement recommendations from part 1 of the Winsor Review).
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.
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