Sport - 109/15
Dated: 26 Feb 2015
Date of request: 01/02/15
Date of response: 24/02/15
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 1 Febuary 2015 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.
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Please advise how many staff and officers were allowed paid leave so they could play sport for each calendar year from 2011 to 2014.
What sports are involved,ie hockey, football etc
What was the highest ranking officer/civilian in each year - ie Chief Inspector, Head of IT.
Do they also get reimbursed for travel,accommodation and /or meals?
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.
In 2011, 80 officers and staff (10 staff and 70 officers) were authorised paid leave to play sport for the force.
The highest ranking officer was an Inspector and the highest grade police staff member was a Grade G Radio Operator in Communications department.
In 2012, 97 officers and staff (13 staff and 74 officers) were authorised paid leave to play sport for the force.
The highest ranking officer was an Inspector and the highest grade police staff member was a Grade G Communications Police Staff Supervisor in Communications department.
In 2013, 120 officers and staff (17 staff and 103 officers) were authorised paid leave to play sport for the force.
The highest ranking officer was a Chief Inspector and the highest grade police staff member was a Grade G Communications Police Staff Supervisor in Communications department.
In 2014, 116 officers and staff (8 staff and 108 officers) were authorised paid leave to play sport for the force.
The highest ranking officer was a Superintendent and the highest grade police staff member was a Grade G Radio Operator in Communications department.
This information was retrieved from the Resource Management System. In 2011 & 2012, not all police staff were registered to use this system, and therefore may have taken authorised paid leave for sport which may have been recorded through other means, which is not held by HR Department.
The sports which were involved are not recorded.
No reimbursement was made for travel, accommodation and /or meals by Northumbria Police, as per force policy.
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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