Disclosure Details

BME officers - 332/16

Dated: 12 Apr 2016

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

Thank you for your e mail dated 9 March 2016 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: 

Question 1

How many BME officers in each of the following ranks do you have within your force 




Chief Inspector


Chief Superintendent

Detective Constable 

Detective Sergeant

Detective Inspector

Detective Chief Inspector 

Detective  Superintendent 

Detective Chief Superintendent 

Question 2

How many of the below officers do you have in your force in each of the following roles

How many of the above number of officers in each of the roles below are BME

Dog Handlers 

Mounted Officers


Family Liaison Officers

Traffic Officers

Firearms Officers

Underwater Search Unit

Counter Terrorism

Serious crime departments ( By this I mean the department that will investigate serious offending eg murder)

Taser trained  


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.

This request will be agreggated with your subsequent request on this subject matter, FOI 333/16 refers


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


Constable  36

Sgt 7

Inspector 5

Chief Inspector 0

Superintendent  0

Chief Superintendent 0

Detective Constable  6

Detective Sergeant 0

Detective Inspector 0

Detective Chief Inspector  0

Detective  Superintendent  0

Detective Chief Superintendent  0


2.                                         BME

Dog Handlers  42                     1

Mounted Officers 8                   0

Negotiators 65*                       0

Family Liaison Officers 215*      3*

Traffic Officers 118                   1

Firearms Officers   87               4

Underwater Search Unit 10*     0

Counter Terrorism No information held.  We do not have 'Counter Terrorism' officer roles.  I can advise that all officers will receive some training in counter terrorism.

Serious crime departments 87 0

Taser trained  238*                5*


*these numbers are based on the number of officers who currently hold a competency in this area as these are not defined roles within our Force.

These figures are as of the time of your request.  The number of trained officers will fluctuate as more people qualify.

Mutual aid from other forces is also available should such a need arise.

Northumbria Police is committed to developing a workforce that is more diverse and representative of its communities. The Force continues to ensure any recruitment opportunities which arise are appropriately marketed to attract a diverse representation of the communities we serve. Likewise, opportunities for internal staff and officers are managed ensuring everyone has access to promotion, progression and new learning through attachments or secondments, where these become available.

On-going work is taking place with the College of Policing in relation to the 2018 BME Progression Plan to identify recruitment, retention and progression barriers. This has helped to inform the police officer recruitment campaign that took place in November 2014 - June 2015, as well as current volunteering opportunities available.

In support of the College of Policing 2018 BME Progression Plan, recruitment opportunities include both targeted and general events as well as positive action initiatives, which include:

- Marketing recruitment campaign directly to underrepresented groups,

- promoting a clear statement of intent that welcomes applicants from underrepresented communities,

- hosting engagement events within underrepresented communities,

- hosting focus groups with BME police officers and staff, and

- developing briefing sessions to prepare candidates for the assessment centre.


Northumbria Police have invested a considerable amount of time to increase confidence and support with our BME police officers, staff and volunteers. Activity includes development of policy and procedure as well as celebration and proactive participation in equality events.


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.

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