Disclosure Details

CID - 021/16

Dated: 29 Jan 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 6 January 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:

1.The number of officers in your CID department for each of the past six years - as of 31/03/10, 31/03/11, 31/03/12, 31/03/13, 31/03/14, 31/03/15 and if possible the current number

2 For the most recent figure, please break this down by the number of officers in each rank ie Detective Constable, Detective Sergeant, Detective Inspector, Detective Chief Inspector, Detective Superintendent and Detective Chief Superintendent

3. The number of civilian staff in your CID department for each of the past six years – as of 31/03/10, 31/03/11, 31/03/12, 31/03/13, 31/03/14, 31/03/15 and if possible the current number


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.

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

The below figures include police officers within the ‘Crime Department’ and police officers within ‘Neighbourhood Detective’ roles based in the Area Commands.


2010  641

2011 846

2012 787

2013 794

2014 771

2015 724

Current 612


D/Chief Superintendent      1

D/Superintendent                6

D/Chief Inspector              10

D/Inspector                        32

D/Sergeant                        88

D/Constable                     475


The below figures include police staff based within the ‘Crime Department’.


2010                   376

2011 204

2012 253

2013 232

2014 391

2015 364

Current    263


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.

 You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

The Disclosure Log contains copies of some of the information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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 wider public interest.

The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.

I have provided the relevant link below.


 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.

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.