Disclosure Details

Water safety - 728/16

Dated: 05 Jul 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 20 June  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. Does the force have a specialist police dive unit?  -If not, did it previously have one which has been disbanded and if so, when?

2. How many times were police divers (if you have any) deployed in the twelve months to May 2014 and May 2015?

3. Are all officers in the force given any form of water safety awareness training?

4.Is water safety equipment available in standard police vehicles?

5. Is there any force policy in place saying officers are not expected to enter the water to attempt a rescue in any circumstance?


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 within 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.

1. Yes

2. 41

3. Yes, officers are required to attend The Water Incident Safety Training Course provided by in house training officers

4. Water safety equipment is supplied in most marked police vehicles used by the Force

5. We do not have a policy in place that states that officers are not expected to enter the water to attempt a rescue in any circumstance. 

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.