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Date Responded 13 June 2019

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:

For each financial year since 2015/16

  • The number of instances of corruption by a member of police staff reported to your force
  • The number of arrests of police staff for corruption offences
  • The number of charges brought against police staff for corruption offences

Please provide a breakdown of the type of offence if you are able to do so without breaching the cost limit.

After we sought clarity you advised : I am looking for all police staff, including police officers. But if it is possible to separate the two, that would be preferable.

Further clarity was then sought as to your use of ‘corruption’ and you responded: I was generally looking for the offence of “misconduct in a public office. But if you could also include the new offence you mentioned, that would be helpful.

In Response:

A public authority must confirm or deny whether it holds the information requested unless the cost of this alone would exceed the appropriate limit.

I can neither confirm nor deny that the information you require is held by Northumbria Police as to actually determine if it is held would exceed the permitted 18 hours therefore Section 12(2) of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00

You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for your request.

I have set out the reasons for this below.

The information requested is not held in a format that would allow its extraction within the permitted time threshold. In excess of 2250 allegations would need to be manually reviewed to determine if any related to corruption.  This has been assessed as far exceeding the 18 hours and therefore Section 12 is relevant .

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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