Disclosure Details

Overtime payments - 081/13

Dated: 27 Feb 2013

Date of request:      23/01/2013

Date of response:   27/02/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated 23 January 2013 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. A breakdown of the cost of police overtime payments for your police force in each of the last two financial years. Please separate this cost by each financial year, so that it clearly allows me to ascertain:
How many officers received how much in total; and
For how many hours of police overtime.

2. Please provide details of the three most expensive investigations with regards to police overtime payments for your police force in the last two financial years. Please separate this cost by each financial year, so that is clearly allows me to ascertain:
How much was paid in police overtime payments in relation to each investigation i.e. the total amount
The number of officers this involved (please specify whether this includes duplicates); and
For how many hours of police overtime.

3. How many full-time equivalent police officers were employed by your police force at the start of each of the last two financial years i.e. in April 2011 and April 2012?

You then clarified your request as:
By the last two financial years I meant 2011/12 and 2012/13, however if you could please also provide 2010/11 in addition this would be greatly appreciated

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 Finance and HR Departments 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.


  2011-2012 2012 - 31 January 2013 
Spend (£) 5,861,973  2,892,827
No Officers Paid  3,373 2,985 
No Hours Paid  210,823 109,744 


2011 - 2012

Investigation   Cost (£) No of Officers Hours Worked
Investigation 1  39,954 51 1,356
Investigation 2  32,217 63 1,186
Investigation 3  31,162 49 1,231

2012 - January 31 2013

Investigation    Cost (£) No of Officers Hours Worked
Investigation 4  29,079 69 1,281
Investigation 5  28,244 67 1,154
Investigation 6  27,611 47 1,162

3. The Police Officer establishment (FTE) was: 

31st March 2010 4132
31st March 2011 4055.74
1st April 2012 3875.87

Overtime is a flexible and effective way to help deal  with the competing demands placed on modern policing to ensure as a 24-hour, seven day a week organisation we have the ability to respond to any event or crime at any time.
We always endeavour to ensure that, even in challenging circumstances, we are mindful of the cost involved in all our areas of work to deliver cost effectiveness and efficient policing. The considerable reduction in overtime last year reflects this approach.

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 crime 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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