Disclosure Details

Psychics - 356/12

Dated: 31 Jul 2015

Date of request:   10/04/2012

Date of response:   01/05/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 10 April 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. Does Northumbria Police have a policy or ruling regarding the use of Psychics in the investigation of Crime or Missing persons? 
    a)  If so, what date was that policy decided upon and effective from. 
    b)  Has that policy ever been altered or in anyway modified since its introduction. 
    c)  If so altered or modified, on what date did that modification take place and subsequently become effective from. 
    d)  Can copy of such 'policy' be made available.

  2. Has Northumbria Police ever engaged in correspondence with a person professing to be a Psychic or professing such psychic ability, and such correspondence being solely as a consequence of that person being a Psychic? 
    a)  On one occasion and with one person only. 
    b)  On more than one occasion and with a number of such people of ability - the amount being 
    c)  Do not acknowledge letters or other such communication from individuals of professed Psychic ability, or who have had a "psychic perception" regarding a Crime or Missing Person.

  3. How many times has Northumbria Police acted upon the information supplied to them by a Psychic?
    a)  Once. 
    b)  More than once how many occasions. 
    c)  Never.

  4. Has Northumbria Police ever invited an individual who is a Psychic, in their capacity as a Psychic, onto their (Northumbria Police's) Police premises? 
    a)  Onto the premises of a Police Station. 
    b)  Onto the premises of a Training Department or facility. 
    c)  Onto premises under the control of an investigating officer. 
    d)  Do not allow or invite people who profess such ability onto Northumbria Police premises not normally open to the public.

  5. Has Northumbria Police ever followed the example set by the 'Senior Management Course' at Bramshill in Hampshire by discussing Psychics and their engagement in Crime or Missing Person investigations during training programme? 
    a)  Yes, we have an expert on the subject, who had addressed delegates on one or more of our training programmes. 
    b)  No, we do not permit a discussion of such things at our training programmes 
    c)  No, we do not support the consideration that a source of information or an avenue of investigation should be followed if that detail came from a psychic or one professing such an ability, and make that quite clear in our training programmes.

  6. Has the subject of Psychics or those researching such a possibility ever been the subject of a Tribunal or Court Case involving Northumbria Police. 
    a)  Yes. 
    b)  No.

  7. Has Northumbria Police ever considered engaging in the topic and subject of Psychics and their usefulness or otherwise in an investigation, as part of a Training Programme of whatever nature. 
    a)  Yes if so when. 
    b)  No - and never will. 
    c)  Would consider it and would welcome submissions. 
    d)  Would consider it if it involved a History of the subject relevant to the Law. 
    e)  Would consider it if it assisted all within Northumbria Police to have a better understanding of the subject and appreciation of issues of Diversity and Religious and Philosophical tolerance.

  8. How many course or programmes do Northumbria Police run or operate which includes: 
    a)  Diversity. 
    b)  Appreciation of those of a Religious Belief/Philosophy. 
    c)  How many 'Religious' societies/associations exist within Northumbria Police. i.e. Christian Police Officers Association. Pagan Society etc.,

  9. Does Northumbria Police have a policy prohibiting research into whether the Police (Northumbria Police) or the Nation's Police Forces in general use the input from a psychic in Crime or Missing Person investigations?

  10. Does Northumbria Police have a policy that would enable and permit such research to be undertaken with their Police Officers, or with their Police Officers assistance?

  11. Does Northumbria Police have a policy inhibiting such research to be undertaken by anyone connected or 'employed' by their Police Force in whatever capacity?

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 Crime, HR and Legal Departments of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held, in part, by Northumbria Police.

I have decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

1-5, 7 and 9-11.  No information held.  We hold no information relating to psychics in any force policy or procedures, and no records of any psychic being used by Northumbria Police with their investigations.

6. No.

8a-b.  Northumbria Police run 14 individual diversity courses some of which contain aspects relating to religious beliefs / philosophy.

Please note that all staff are trained in diversity.  Diversity training is also embedded in all training delivered and lesson plans indicate how this is being achieved in each subject area.  This ensures that a context is provided for diversity within the organisation.

c.   Nil. We do not have any religious associations in the Force.

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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:-

http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/index.asp

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.


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