Disclosure Details

Misconduct - 336/15

Dated: 13 Apr 2015

Date of request:      31/03/15

Date of response:    13/04/15

Provision of informati11 held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 31 March 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: 

1. Can you provide me with the number of officers, and their ranks, who have been found to have breached the force's Standards of Professional Conduct by engaging in sex acts while on duty.
In each case, can you supply a single line of explanatory text in relation to each officer's breach.
2. In relation to the above, what sanction was imposed on each of those officers?
In each case, can you provide a line of explanatory text in relation to each sanction imposed.
3.Of those found in breach, how many were also dealt with through the criminal court through current relevant legislation on misconduct in office by public officials?

The requested time frame for these figures is January 2014 to December 2014, inclusive.    

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 not held by Northumbria Police.

No officers were found to have breached professional conduct by engaging in sex acts whilst on duty, for the time period specified in your request.  

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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