Disclosure Details

Vehicles - 478/12

Dated: 31 Jul 2015

Date of request:   08/06/2012

Date of response:   11/07/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 8 June 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. Please can you provide details of all cars purchased or rented for personal use by senior police officers and senior executives in the last three years. 

    Please provide the following information: 
    Make and model of car 
    colour (if possible) 
    Purchase price and date of purchase OR cost of rental and rental period 
    Name of officer/executive 
    Job title of officer/executive

  2. How many officers/executives receive personal use of a car as part of their contract/remuneration/arrangement with the force?  Why?

  3. Is there any arrangement by which the officers/executives can 'top up' the money provided by the force to get a more expensive car? 

  4. Has that happened? (please give details as above)

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 both the Command Block and the Finance and Resources Department 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.

Only ACPO rank officers and Assistant Chief Officer (ACO) staff have access to Northumbria Police vehicles which allow for operational/business purposes as well as personal use.

  1. Senior Officers Vehicles Purchased in the last three years to June 2012:-  
        

    Make/Model Colour Cost Current User  Current Rank
    Audi A6 Black 34,656 ACC Ashman ACC - Major Crime & Intelligence
    Audi A7 Black 41,530 DCC Gilmore DCC
    Range Rover Blue 41,676 CC Sim CC
    BMW 535 Silver 37,603 ACC Vant ACC - Local Policing
    Audi A6 Black 34,853 Awaiting Disposal n/a
    Mercedes E350 Black 37,758 ACC Campbell ACC - Operations Support
      
    Senior Executive Vehicles Leased in the last three years to June 2012:-  
      
    Vehicle Colour 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 User Post

    Mercedes E220 CDI

    n/a 5,843 5,932 2,627 ACO McCardle ACO - Corporate Services
    Vauxhall Insignia Gold     3,533
    VW Passat Blue 5,532 3,227   ACO Culkin ACO - Finance & Resources
    Volvo V70 SE D3 Silver   3,025 6,869
  2. Seven officers/executives have use of the above vehicles. 
      
    The cars used by senior officers are part of the operational fleet.  They are fitted with blue lights and sirens and can be driven by any correctly insured member of staff. 
       
    From information held, the Police Authority have advised that the vehicles are supplied as part of packages of remuneration, for which they pay income tax on as a benefit in kind.

  3. The scheme allows for the employee to make a personal contribution of up to 15% of their annual salary.

  4. I can confirm that the information you have requested in this question is not held by Northumbria Police.   The information you require may be available from:-  

    Northumbria Police Authority 
    Civic Centre 
    Gateshead 
    Tyne and Wear 
    NE8 IHH 
    Email:    informationrights@gateshead.gov.uk
      
    You may wish to redirect this part of your request.

N.B Northumbria Police's Chief Officers Team has again taken the decision not to accept bonuses for 2011/12.

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. 

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