Disclosure Details

Impersonating a police officer - 717/15

Dated: 27 Jan 2017

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

Thank you for your e mail dated 31 July 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: 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I would like to request information relating to fraud offences fraud by imitating a police officer. 

1. Please provide: the number of people reported to your force for 'Impersonation of member of police force or special constable' and 'Impersonating a traffic officer' over the last three years.

Please provide the information in financial years for the following:




Please break down by:

i) The total number of ALL incidents reported

ii) Whether the person was arrested

iii) whether the person was charged

2. Please provide any additional information you hold on each incident. For instance, if the impersonation involved a stolen warrant card, or a person imitating police clothing. If you do not hold this information, please exclude (2.) from my request. 


We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

In order to offer a response to this request searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police for the number of crimes created between 01/04/2012 and 31/03/2015 relating to the following offences;

Impersonating Police Officer

Wear police uniform with intent to deceive

Impersonate traffic officer.

These searches brought back a nil response.

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.