Date Responded 03 June 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:

1. How many police officers have been reported for drug offences for each year 2016-20?
2. How many police officers have been dismissed for drug offences for each year 2016-20?
3. How many police officers have been arrested for drug offences for each year 2016-20? As an extra - if possible within compliance limits - Can you provide any details of the outcome of that arrest?
4. Can you provide any details that you have in place to ensure an impartial response when police officers are reported for drug offences?

In Response:

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.

The following data was taken a live system and may be subject to change after the initial extraction of data used for the purposes of this report, data has been checked for cases concerning reports of drug offences against police officers that were recorded between the period 01/01/16 – 31/12/20 reported to PSD.

1.
2016 - 0
2017 - 0
2018 - 1
2019 - 1
2020 - 1

2.
2016 - 0
2017 - 0
2018 - 1
2019 - 0
2020 - 0


3.
2016 - 0
2017 - 0
2018 – 1 Charged – driving a vehicle whilst unfit through drugs
2019 - 0
2020 – 1 NFA

4. There is no specific policy relating to drugs offences, however, criminal investigations into any police officer or member of police staff are overseen by an appropriate manager and referred to the Professional Standards Department for monitoring of progress and oversight. Any investigation against a police office or member of police staff is conducted by officers who have no conflict of interest.

 

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