Disclosure Details

Discipline - 560/15

Dated: 07 Jun 2015

Date of request:      05/06/15

Date of response:    07/07/15

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

Thank you for your email dated  5 June 2015 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: 

 I am requesting the following information under the Freedom of Information act.

1. The total number of employees suspended on full pay at any point from January 1st 2012 to the present day
2. The total estimated cost of their wages while suspended.
3. The number of officers disciplined in 2013, 2014, and 2015 so far along with
4. details of what the officers were disciplined for and
5. what the punishment was.   

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 Professional Standards Department 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.

The information provided has been extracted from  a ‘live’ database and may be subject to the addition and deletion of complaints, complainants and subjects after the initial extraction of data used for the purposes of this report.

Please note the finalised date has been used for this so we can capture the outcome of any discipline.  This may mean that the actual incident did not take place during this time period.

1. From 1st January 2012 a total of 46 employees have been or are still suspended.
2.The total of their wages while suspended is  £800,523
3. From 01/01/2013 to 15/06/2015 a total of 85 officers have attended a Misconduct Meeting or Hearing and have been formally disciplined.  Please note that some Officers have been investigated more than once and may have attended a Misconduct Meeting or Hearing more than once, similarly officers may face more than one allegation.
4. The allegation types are listed below

Allegation type
Authority Respect and Courtesy
Discreditable Conduct
Duties and Responsibilities.
Neglect or Failure in Duty
Honesty and Integrity
Unlawful/ Unnnecessary Arrest or Detention
Use of Force
Orders and Instructions
Irregularity in evidence/perjury 
Oppressive cunduct or harrasment 
Challenging and Reporting Improper Conduct
Breach Code A  Pace
Breach Code B Pace
Breach Code C Pace
Traffic Irregularity
Oppressive Conduct
Incivility Impoliteness & Intolerance
5. Outcomes are listed in random order below

No Further Action
Written Warning
Final Written Warning
Management Advice

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.

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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