Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
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.
- When a complaint about a crime being committed by a police officer is made through the IOPC how soon is it received by professional standards?
- Is the complaint treat differently when a police officer has committed a crime as well as misconduct?
- How many members of staff read the complaint before it is given to the Chief Inspector to make a decision to record the complaint?
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Professional Standards 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.
- An IOPC submission can be received by email between 24 -72 hours from initial report.
- The allegation is received by the force assessor and acted upon accordingly. The steps taken would be entirely dependent upon the nature of complaint.
- There is no recorded number on how many members of staff read a complaint. Outside of the Act, I can advise that complaints are reviewed by the compliance service advisors, a team that consists of three people. It is then transferred to the force assessor.