Disclosure Details

Substance abuse tests - 255/15

Dated: 08 Apr 2015

Date of request:      09/03/15

Date of response:    08/04/15

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

Thank you for your email dated 9 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. The number of alcohol tests carried out on officers in your force between Jan 1, 2014, and Dec 31, 2014. Please differentiate between random tests and test arising from intelligence supplied to the force. 
2. The number of alcohol tests carried out on officers in your force between Jan 1, 2014, and Dec 31, 2014, which were positive. 
In each case of a positive test in please state a) the level of alcohol detected e.g. microgrammes per millilitres of breath; b) the rank of the officer c) the outcome of any disciplinary action d) if the test was random or intelligence-led. Please indicate if a crime was recorded in relation to the positive test and the outcome of any criminal investigation. 
3. The number of alcohol tests carried out on officers in your force between Jan 1, 2013, and Dec 31, 2013. Please differentiate between random tests and test arising from intelligence supplied to the force. 
4. The number of alcohol tests carried out on officers in your force between Jan 1, 2013, and Dec 31, 2013, which were positive. 
In each case of a positive test in please state a) the level of alcohol detected e.g. microgrammes per millilitres of breath; b) the rank of the officer c) the outcome of any disciplinary action d) if the test was random or intelligence-led. Please indicate if a crime was recorded in relation to the positive test and the outcome of any criminal investigation. 
5. The number of drugs tests carried out on officers in your force between Jan 1, 2014, and Dec 31, 2014. Please differentiate between random tests and test arising from intelligence supplied to the force. 
6. The number of drugs tests carried out on officers in your force between Jan 1, 2014, and Dec 31, 2014, which were positive i.e. the illegal drugs were detected. 
In each case of a positive test please state a) the type of drug(s) detected; b) the rank of the officer c) the outcome of any disciplinary action d) if the test was random or intelligence-led. Please indicate if a crime was recorded in relation to the positive test and the outcome of any criminal investigation. 
7. The number of drugs tests carried out on officers in your force between Jan 1, 2013, and Dec 31, 2013.  Please differentiate between random tests and test arising from intelligence supplied to the force.
8. The number of drugs tests carried out on officers in your force between Jan 1, 2013, and Dec 31, 2013, which were positive i.e. the illegal drugs were detected.

In each case of a positive test please state a) the type of drug(s) detected; b) the rank of the officer c) the outcome of any disciplinary action d) if the test was random or intelligence-led. Please indicate if a crime was recorded in relation to the positive test and the outcome of any criminal investigation. 

 

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 HR and Professional Standards Departments 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.

1. Nil  
2. Nil 
3. Nil 
4. Nil 
5. There were 2 tests carried out during the period both of which were intelligence led. 
6. Nil. 
7. Nil. 
8. Nil  

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 underour 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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