Force Chaplains - 167/17
Dated: 08 Mar 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 14 February 2017 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
1. Do you employ a chaplain (or equivalent) or team of chaplains (or equivalent), and if so, how many, and which religion or belief do they follow?
2. Do you enlist the services of any chaplains (or equivalent) in a voluntary capacity, and if so, how many, and which religion or belief do they follow?
3. If you employ a chaplain (or equivalent) or team of chaplains (or equivalent) on what contractual basis to you employ them? E.g. full-time, part-time, or sessional?
4. If you employ a chaplain (or equivalent) or team of chaplains (or equivalent), what is the total cost of employment, including total salary cost, expenses, and any maintenance or upkeep costs of places of worship for which the police force is liable?
5. Do you enlist the service of any secular equivalent chaplains, i.e. secular pastoral support workers in either a voluntary or paid capacity?
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 in part by Northumbria Police.
I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows
1. Northumbria Police engages a part-time voluntary Force Chaplain. The Force Chaplain also oversees the Field Chaplaincy – a group of volunteer chaplains working across the force area.
2. The Field Chaplaincy consists of individuals from different religious and non-religious backgrounds working on a voluntary basis.
3. None of the chaplains are employed by the Force.
4. There are no costs associated with the employment of Force chaplains.
5. The Field Chaplaincy consists of individuals from religious and non-religious backgrounds. All work in a voluntary capacity.
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.