Disclosure Details

Contract details - 264/14

Dated: 23 Apr 2014

Date of request:    18/03/2014

Date of response:  01/04/2014

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

Thank you for your e mail dated 18 March 2014 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: 

1. The process behind the advertising and awarding of the contract to train  60 of your staff in open source training to Northumbria Police, which was  advertised in December 2013, which was advertised as having to be carried out before the end of March 2014
I refer to the Open Source Intelligence type training which was advertised on the Bluelight Portal in December 2013 to be carried out by the end of March 2013. I believe a Procurement Officer within Northumbria Police, was the given contact.

2. Details of when this training was/is being given.

3. Details of any other links between Northumbria Police and the training company, or its staff, picked to provide this training. By this I mean are there any declared links between the company or its staff in as much as they are already known to Northumbria Police, either by providing prior training to Northumbria Police or by being previous members of the Northumbria Police.

In response:

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 Finance Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

1. The procurement process was carried out in accordance with the Police and Crime Commissioner's Contract regulations and involved advertising the requirement on the Bluelight Portal and inviting competitive quotations. Three organisations submitted quotations and all confirmed they could meet the timescales and quality requirements of the specification. The contract was awarded to Sorinteq, Coventry who submitted the lowest priced quotation.

2. Training was delivered in January 2014

3. There are no links between Northumbria Police Procurement Staff responsible for this procurement and this company. This company was previously known as Blue Sky Training who has delivered similar training to Northumbria Police in the past.    

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. 


James Nicol (4132)

E-Communications Administrator, Strategic Corporate Communications

Northumbria Police and Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner

T: 101(ext:69972) | ecommunications@northumbria.pnn.police.uk

http://www.northumbria.police.uk | http://www.ebeat.org.uk

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 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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