Disclosure Details

Autism - 382/17

Dated: 19 Apr 2017

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

Thank you for your e mail dated  28 March  2017 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions. 

You asked:

1. How many police officers work in Northumbria constabulary?

2. Does the constabulary provide specific training on Autism?

3. If yes, could you provide details about the training?

4. How many members of staff have completed this Autism training?

5.If there is no specific training on Autism, is autism included in other training? Please provide details.

6. Does Northumbria Police have autism awareness officers? If yes, how many? 

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 Human Resources Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

With regards to point 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 freely available via the Northumbria Police website 'about us ' page.

2-4 .  Northumbria Police does not provide specific training on Autism.

5.  Northumbria Police continues to deliver training to frontline officers and custody staff to ensure we deliver the best level of service and care to offenders, victims and witnesses who we come into contact with following arrest or detention.  Although this training does not relate specifically to Autism it does cover the wider topics of Developmental/Learning Disabilities and Mental Ill Health.

6. Northumbria Police does not have autism awareness officers.

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.