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Date Responded 10 April 2018

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:

Please send me the following information, broken down year by year for the period between 2008 and 2017:

1.         number of formal complaints/grievances made by staff [unless stated otherwise, throughout the request, ‘staff’ should include sworn officers, police support staff, PCSOs, and volunteers] against the constabulary

2.         number of formal complaints/grievances made by female BAME staff against the constabulary

3.         In terms of data in relation to question 2, please indicate the number of these complaints/grievances that related to:

Workplace bullying

Race discrimination or harassment

Sex discrimination or harassment

Religious discrimination or harassment

Age discrimination or harassment

Disability discrimination or harassment

4.         number of complaints / grievance raised by BAME female members of staff that were resolved through internal management/HR or disciplinary procedures

5.         number of complaints / grievance raised by BAME female members of staff that were resolved through an Employment Tribunal

6.         number of complaints/grievance raised by BAME female members of staff that were settled by the courts

7.         amount paid out as settlements for all discrimination and harassment cases

8.         amount paid out to BAME male employees as settlement

9.         amount paid out to BAME female employees as settlement

10.       amount of legal expenditure for dealing with all discrimination and harassment cases

11.       amount paid out to settle all race and sex discrimination cases

12.       number of work days lost as a result of bullying, discrimination, harassment and victimisation complaints raised by members of staff 

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention. 

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Human Resources and Legal Departments 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. 

 

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Number of Formal complaints / grievances made by staff

20

17

4

1

5

9

16

11

12

11

2.

 

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Number of Formal complaints / grievances made by Female BAME

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2

3.    One case related to workplace bullying and one to sex discrimination. The other case does not fall within the categories stated.

4.    All three of the grievances raised were resolved through internal disciplinary procedures

5.    None, all resolved through internal disciplinary procedures

6.    As question 5.

7.    £20,000

8.    None

9.    None

10.  £3,000 plus VAT

11.  None

12.  Northumbria Police are unable to provide a response as the absence categories held within the system don’t specify any of these reasons. 

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