Special Constables - 875/14
Dated: 31 Jul 2015
Date of request: 22/10/14
Date of response: 05/11/14
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 22 October 2014 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.
I write to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
1.Could you please tell me how many special constabulary officers were serving with the force as at September 17 2014?
2.Could you please tell me how many special constabulary officers were serving with the force on September 17 2004?
3.Does the force currently offer, or have an arrangement with another relevant authority to offer, any financial incentive for special constabulary officers e.g. a bounty, council tax rebate etc? If so, can you please provide details of this (how much, how officers qualify etc)
4.Other than any current schemes already outlined, has the force introduced, or helped facilitate, any financial incentives for special constabulary officers, e.g. a bounty, tax rebate etc, in the period 2004 to date? (including those it helped facilitate from local authorities etc for its members). -If so, can you please provide details of these, and if they were withdrawn, the date that this occurred.
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.
I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
1. There were 293 Special Constables serving Northumbria Police Force on 17th September 2014.
2. There were 112 Special Constables serving Northumbria Police Force on 17th September 2004.
3. Northumbria Police does not offer financial incentives for Special Constables.
4. Northumbria Police does not offer financial incentives for Special Constables.
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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