Disclosure Details

Chief Officer Travel - 665/12

Dated: 31 Jul 2015

Date of request:   21/08/2012

Date of response:   19/09/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 21 August 2012 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. Northumbria Police's policy on Chief Officers travel while funded by taxpayer.

  2. Please supply list/breakdown of all/any individual travel costs (if any), those that relate to individual trip/s, travel, by Northumbria Police Chief Officers, and those, again individual trip/s, which cost over £500.00.

    I would like this information to cover past 12 months. Please also include details for each, including reasons for each individual trip as well as amounts involved.

  3. Have any Northumbria Police Chief Officers traveled via business class, for whatever reason, during the past 12 months. If so, please supply full details, reason/s as well as cost of each trip (if any).

  4. Do Northumbria Police Chief Officers travel by first class rail. If so, can you explain reason/s for this. Please also explain why Chief Officers do not travel by the most economic methods available to them.

  5. What was the total amount spent by Northumbria Police on travel, relating to Chief Officers, during the past 12 months. Please also include breakdown of costs relating to the methods of such travel, air, train and or car. If other, please supply full detail.

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 Legal, Professional Standards and Finance Departments of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

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

  1. Northumbria Police has no specific policy on Chief Officer travel.  There is a procedure on "Payments of Travel Expenses and the Reimbursement of Expenses".  This applies to all Police Officers and all Police Staff.  In order to assist I have attached the relevant parts of the document below.

  2. As the information you have requested at these parts of your request 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 already published in a yearly format and therefore freely available on the Northumbria Police website.  I have provided the relevant link below:

    http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/expenses/

  3. No business class flights have been booked during the last 12 months.

  4. Chief Officer travel is booked in accordance with Northumbria’s procedure on “Payments of Travel  Expenses and the Reimbursement of Expenses" see above in question 1.

  5. As per our response to question 2 above.

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the public interest.  The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.  I have provided the relevant link below:-

http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/index.asp

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 underour 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. 

Downloads

FOI Complaint Rights Procedure_tcm4-28029
FOI 665-12_tcm4-65396