Incident - 503/15
Dated: 24 Jun 2015
Date of request: 22/05/15
Date of response: 24/06/15
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
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1. The time it took the force to undertake an operation on Sunday 17th May 2015 to contain three cows which had got loose near the A1058 Coast Road in Wallsend, from officers’ deployment until return to base or other duties.
2.The total number of officers/constables (excluding marksmen) deployed to the incident
3.The cost of these officers’/constables’ time per hour. Either an average or individual amounts – whichever you can provide, but please specify.
4. The total number of police marksmen deployed to the incident.
5. The cost of these marksmen’s time per hour. Either an average or individual amounts – whichever you can provide, but please specify.
6. The cost of keeping the police helicopter in the air per hour. The cost in January 2013 is here http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/dlfinance/answer.asp?id=70263 though I assume that will have increased in 2 years.
If you are able to supply some parts of this information but not others, please would you supply what you can.
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 Communications Department and the Firearms Support Unit of 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. 4hrs and 50mins
2. 27 officers were allocated to this incident within its duration. However you should note that not all officers were allocated at the same time and the duration they were at the incident also varies. Some officers would have left the incident to attend other incidents and may have returned if required.
3 & 5. I can advise that attending officer ranks were as follows.
2 x Sergeant, 1 of which was Firearms Support Unit Sgt
21 x Police Constables - which includes those officers at point 4
4 x Police Community Support Officers
And that the midscale hourly rate of paypoints is as below:
PC - £15.17
SGT - £19.08
CSO - £12.28
6. No information held. Police helicopter services are now provided nationally by the National Police Air Service (NPAS) for which Northumbria pays an annual fee. We hold no information as to the cost 'of keeping the Police Helicopter in the air per hour'.
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