Disclosure Details

Firearms licensing - 264/13

Dated: 09 Apr 2013

Date of request:     02/04/2013

Date of response:   09/04/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated 2 April 2013 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: 

Please provide, preferably by email, the following information about staff employed in firearms licensing as of 31st March 2013.  Where a post was vacant on that day but was in the process of being filled it should be included.  If some staff are part time they should be shown as the appropriate full time equivalent.
 
1. Number of managerial staff.  Civilian staff should be shown separately from uniformed staff. 
2. Number of clerical/administrative staff.  Civilian staff should be shown separately from uniformed staff.
3. Number of enquiry officers.  Civilian staff should be shown separately from uniformed staff.
4. If there are staff who fall into none of the above categories please show the number here, distinguishing between civilian and uniformed staff and briefly indicating their functions.
5. In respect of the staff at 1 above please show how many were trained
a. On a nationally or regionally recognised course.
b. On a special course held in house.
c. On the job.
6. In respect of the staff at 2 above please show how many were trained
a. On a nationally or regionally recognised course.
b. On a special course held in house.
c. On the job.
7. In respect of the staff at 3 above please show how many were trained
a. On a nationally or regionally recognised course.
b. On a special course held in house.
c. On the job.
8. How many of the staff in each of questions 1, 2, 3 and 4 hold or have previously held a firearm certificate?
9. Please give the rank and/or job title of the person(s) to whom authority has been delegated under Section 55(2) of the Firearms Act 1968.  (To save you looking it up S55(2) reads thus:- "…. the functions of a chief officer of police under this Act shall be exercisable on any occasion by a person, or a person of a particular class, authorised by the chief officer of police to exercise that function on that occasion, or on occasions of that class or on all occasions.")
10. Does the person in 9 above report directly to the chief officer on licensing matters or via an intermediate level of management?  If the latter, how many levels of management are there between the chief officer and the person with delegated authority?

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 (enter Department/s Area Command/s)  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. 
Police Staff
0.5 FTE Firearms Licensing and Explosives Manager
1 Firearms Licensing and Explosives Coordinator
1 Firearms Licensing and Explosives Supervisor

Police Officers
0.20 FTE Superintendent
0.9 FTE Constable

2. 7.6 FTE Police Staff
3. 2.8 FTE Police Staff
4. None
5. 
a.  2 FTE
c. 2 FTE
6. 
b. 7.6 FTE
c. 7.6 FTE
7. 
a.  2.8 FTE
c.  2.8 FTE
8. None
9&10

The delegated authorities for Firearms Licensing in Northumbria are determined by the requirements of the role the post holders perform

Police Officers
1. Chief Superintendent Criminal Justice Department
2. Superintendent Criminal Justice Department

Police Staff
1. Firearms Licensing and Explosives Manager

The above have the delegated authority for all licensing functions of the Chief Officer ie grant, refuse and revoke.

Police Officers
1. Various Superintending roles (Operational)
The above have the delegated authority to revoke.

The post holder reports directly to the Chief Constable with regard the delegated matter.

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 crime 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 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.

Downloads

FOI Complaint Rights Procedure_tcm4-67103