Disclosure Details

Accredited Persons - 469/12

Dated: 31 Jul 2015

Date of request:   06/06/2012

Date of response:   22/06/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 6 June 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: 

  1. How many "accredited persons" have been given powers under your force’s Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS)?

  2. What are the names of the organisations involved in your CSAS?

  3. What powers have been granted under the scheme?

  4. How many fixed penalty notices and penalty notices for disorder have been issues by accredited persons in each of the past three financial years, and in what categories?

In response:

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

As the information you have requested is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.

I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.

Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.

Similar requests regarding this subject have been asked and responded to recently, the last being FOI 251/12, which is published via the Disclosure Log (details below) on the Northumbria Police website.

I can confirm that our response to that request provides information regarding the current situation.

With regards to past CSAS information, this is also available via the Disclosure Log, FOIs 778/10 and 951/11 refer.

I can confirm we do not hold any information regarding part 4 of your request.  There have been no such instances under the CSAS.

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 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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