Disclosure Details

Suspensions - 316/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request:   23/03/2012

Date of response:   01/05/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 23 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: 

I would like to request information about police officers and staff who have been suspended from duty.

  1. a) For each of the last five years please state the number of officers and staff suspended in each calendar year (even if only for a brief period)
    b) Please break this down by rank if a police officer - eg PCSO, constable, inspector. For police staff, please break it down by role - eg human resources, IT support, mechanic etc etc
    c) How many of these were suspended for the whole year? If only  suspended for part of the year please state how long.

  2. For each category broken down by year, state how many of these have been suspended on full, partial or no pay. Eg - 4 inspectors suspended - all on full pay.

  3. For each category broken down by year, please state the total that officers have been paid while suspended from duty. Eg 4 inspectors paid total of £200,000 while supended in 2010.

  4. Please provide the total amount paid to (a) all serving police officers and (b) all police staff while suspended on duty for each year.

By way of clarification, I am NOT interested in officers and staff put on restricted duties. For example, this could be a police officer suspended from patrolling the streets but still doing paperwork and other backoffice tasks. I am interested in officers suspended completely. This may be referred to as gardening leave.

I am after calendar years.

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 Finance and Professional Standards Departments of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

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

Please see the below attachment which answers all parts of your request.



You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the public interest.  The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.  I have provided the relevant link below:-


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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