Disclosure Details

Review Criteria - 691/12

Dated: 31 Jul 2015

Date of request:   30/08/2012

Date of response:   21/09/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 30 August 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: 

"In the past I have requested information concerning Northumbria Police's review policy. I was informed by you, from memory, that  you did not have one.

However, in your reply to me dated 29 August 2012, relating to  another of my requests;  

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/information_on_northumbria_polic#incoming-308133  you stated that; "Where investigations remain open and throughout a case, action is taken when lines of enquiry are appropriate. There is no force policy on the regularity of conducting  reviews relating to major investigations. Northumbria Police undertake a wide range of reviews aimed at identifying further opportunities to  detect crime and acting on identified learning points and best practice." 
You then wrote; " 2. "The details of when full reviews have been carried out have been provided to you, these were undertaken in  1998 and 2006. This has been confirmed as being in line with the criteria for reviews being met." 
Under the FOIA 2000 can you please supply me with information concerning following;

  1. Please supply copy of 'criteria' used by Northumbria police when dealing with reviews and or carrying out reviews in major unsolved investigation cases?

  2. How ofter, under the 'criteria', should reviews be carried out  in above cases.

  3. How many reviews, under the 'criteria', would be expected to be  carried out in a 10 year old unsolved major investigation."

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

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.

You have requested, and been provided with, similar information in the past FOIs 408/12 and 999/11 refer.  We consider the provision of that information, and the supply of the relevant parts of the Murder Manual, namely Section 4 Major Crime Reviews, as provided to you in FOI 999/11 will answer your query.

As this information has been provided to you previously, it is freely available via the whatdotheyknow website, your reference request-97037-8d99c698@whatdotheyknow.com' refers.

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:-


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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