Disclosure Details

Chief Constables - 746/14

Dated: 14 Oct 2014

Date of request:      15/09/14

Date of response:  14/10/14

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

Thank you for your email dated 15 September 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.

You asked: 

 Can you please provide me the names of your force's Chief Constables and  acting Chief Constables, together with their dates in office, between 1988 and  2012?
 In the case of any acting Chief Constables, please indicate in whose place he or she was acting (if such information is recorded),


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 the HR 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 below table shows the names of Northumbria Police Chief Constables and Temporary Chief Constables between the years 1988 and 2012. Those identified as Temporary Chief Constables were not acting in place of anyone.

Sir Stanley Bailey               Chief Constable       1988  to  1991
Sir John Stevens                 Chief Constable       1991  to  1996
David Mellish     Temporary Chief Constable       1996  to  1998
Crispian Strachan                Chief Constable      1998  to  2005
Mike Craik                          Chief Constable       2005  to  2010
Sue Sim             Temporary Chief Constable      2010  to  2011
Sue Sim                              Chief Constable      2011  to  Date

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.

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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