Custody Healthcare - 425/15
Dated: 31 Jul 2015
Date of request: 27/04/15
Date of response: 11/05/15
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 27 April 2015 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.
1. Is your Custody Healthcare provider outsourced ? If so; Who is your Custody Healthcare provider?
2. What was the total cost of Salary/Wages for Custody Nurses/Paramedics, January 2015, February 2015, March 2015?
3. What was the total cost of Salary/Wages for Forensic Medical Examiners/Police Surgeons in January 2015, February 2015, March 2015?
4. What number of Custody healthcare assessments where undertaken by Custody Nurses/Paramedics in January 2015, February 2015, March 2015?
5. What number of Custody healthcare assessments where undertaken by Forensic Medical Examiners/Police Surgeons?
January 2015, February 2015, March 2015?
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 Criminal Justice Unit of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held inn part by Northumbria Police however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.
The information requested, particularly with regards to point 5, is not held in a format that can be retrieved within the prescribed 18 hours. Such data is not collated. Each custody record to for the time periods specified would need to be viewed to establish how many custody healthcare assessments were made. This would entail many hundreds of custody records and could not be achieved within the permitted time.
As we have estimated that to extract this information would take over 18 hours, Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00
You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for that part of your request.
As part of your request would exceed the prescribed limit, as defined by the Act, there is no requirement for Northumbria Police to provide a response to the remaining parts of your request. However as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information below, relative to your request, retrieved or available before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded. I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of your request.
1. The information requested at this part is available from the Bluelight Procurement Database website. I have enclosed the relevant link below
2 & 4.. No information held. Custody nurses were not in use in those time periods. The contract began on 01/04/15
3. Jan - £151261.35
Feb - £39869.33
March - £207285.80
You should note this is when payment was made and will not necessarily be for the period worked, ie payments made may be for work carried out in months prior to that.
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.
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.