BME officers - 332/16
Dated: 12 Apr 2016
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your e mail dated 9 March 2016 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.
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How many BME officers in each of the following ranks do you have within your force
Detective Chief Inspector
Detective Chief Superintendent
How many of the below officers do you have in your force in each of the following roles
How many of the above number of officers in each of the roles below are BME
Family Liaison Officers
Underwater Search Unit
Serious crime departments ( By this I mean the department that will investigate serious offending eg murder)
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 by Northumbria Police.
This request will be agreggated with your subsequent request on this subject matter, FOI 333/16 refers
I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
Chief Inspector 0
Chief Superintendent 0
Detective Constable 6
Detective Sergeant 0
Detective Inspector 0
Detective Chief Inspector 0
Detective Superintendent 0
Detective Chief Superintendent 0
Dog Handlers 42 1
Mounted Officers 8 0
Negotiators 65* 0
Family Liaison Officers 215* 3*
Traffic Officers 118 1
Firearms Officers 87 4
Underwater Search Unit 10* 0
Counter Terrorism No information held. We do not have 'Counter Terrorism' officer roles. I can advise that all officers will receive some training in counter terrorism.
Serious crime departments 87 0
Taser trained 238* 5*
*these numbers are based on the number of officers who currently hold a competency in this area as these are not defined roles within our Force.
These figures are as of the time of your request. The number of trained officers will fluctuate as more people qualify.
Mutual aid from other forces is also available should such a need arise.
Northumbria Police is committed to developing a workforce that is more diverse and representative of its communities. The Force continues to ensure any recruitment opportunities which arise are appropriately marketed to attract a diverse representation of the communities we serve. Likewise, opportunities for internal staff and officers are managed ensuring everyone has access to promotion, progression and new learning through attachments or secondments, where these become available.
On-going work is taking place with the College of Policing in relation to the 2018 BME Progression Plan to identify recruitment, retention and progression barriers. This has helped to inform the police officer recruitment campaign that took place in November 2014 - June 2015, as well as current volunteering opportunities available.
In support of the College of Policing 2018 BME Progression Plan, recruitment opportunities include both targeted and general events as well as positive action initiatives, which include:
- Marketing recruitment campaign directly to underrepresented groups,
- promoting a clear statement of intent that welcomes applicants from underrepresented communities,
- hosting engagement events within underrepresented communities,
- hosting focus groups with BME police officers and staff, and
- developing briefing sessions to prepare candidates for the assessment centre.
Northumbria Police have invested a considerable amount of time to increase confidence and support with our BME police officers, staff and volunteers. Activity includes development of policy and procedure as well as celebration and proactive participation in equality events.
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.
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