Date Responded 03 September 2021

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.

You asked:

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please can you provide me with responses to the following relating to use of an 'Officer of Concern' programme.  An 'Officer of Concern' is typically known as an officer who has received three of more serious complaints within 12 months.

1. Does the force have a programme?

1. (a) If so, how does this programme work?

1. (b) How many complaints are required before an officer is placed on the programme and over what period of time?

1. (c) Are the complaints required to be external (made by the public or another organisation) or internal or can they be both?

1. (d) If not, what alternative does the force use? Please provide the below responses for the force's alternative.

2. How many officers were recorded for each of the last five years, including 2020? Please provide a breakdown for the reason(s) officers were placed on the programme (e.g.  use of force, sexual misconduct)

3. How many officers were placed on the programme specifically over concerns about their use of force in that same period and what was the highest number of independent use of force complaints associated with an officer on the programme?

4. What is the highest number of complaints faced by an officer on the programme in the same period (from 2016 to the end of 2020)?

5. How many officers were subsequently dismissed after being placed on the programme in the same period (from 2016 to the end of 2020)? Please break this down per year

In Response:

I am able to disclose the located information to you as attached.

Complaints - 1074/21

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