Disclosure Details

Reserve Forces Policy - 245/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request:   02/03/2012

Date of response:  16/03/2012

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 March 2012 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 could you send me information regarding your policy for Constables who are members of the Reserve Forces. In particular I would like to know the following about when a Constable who is a member of the Territorial Army is mobilised under the Reserve Forces Act:

  1. Does the constable remain an employee of your police force during the time that they are mobilised

  2. Does the constable retain their warrant card?

  3. Does the constable have to be security vetted prior to their return to working for your police force?

  4. Does the time during the constables period of mobilised service count towards their time served with your police force with regards yearly pay increments etc?

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 HR Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held, in part, by Northumbria Police.

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

We do not have a policy specific to your request.  We do, however, have a Procedure which I have supplied below.  You should note that this is currently under review and is being supplied only as I have decided that on this occasion there is no harm in disclosure, however this may not be the case should further similar requests be submitted.

With the above in mind please see the below attachment.

  1. Yes.

  2. No.

  3. Yes.  If an individual returns to work within the first 12 months of deployment, a self declaration form may be required for vetting purposes.  The self declaration will require the individual to confirm that there has, or has not, been a change in personal circumstance since initial vetting enquiries were conducted and that there has, or has not, been engagement in any unlawful activities or misconduct during their active service.  The requirement to complete a self declaration is dependent upon an individual's post and the date previous vetting was conducted.

  4. An individual's rank/grade will be protected.  Increments and pay awards will be applied during the period of mobilisation/active service.

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.


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