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Date Responded 28 June 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:

1.         In each of the last three financial years (15/16), (16/17) and (17/18) please state how many police officers within your force faced disciplinary action as a result of having committed sexual harassment of a work colleague or a member of the public. Please do NOT include officers who may have faced disciplinary action but then received no sanction as the allegation was not proved.

2.         For each year please state how many of the alleged victims were against (i) work colleagues and (ii) members of the public?

3.         For the most recent five cases to be dealt with please state (i) a brief narrative of what the harassment was (touching, talking, lewd behaviour etc), (ii) whether the victim was a colleague or a member of the public and (iii) the sanction received by the officer. 

In Response:

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

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. 

The following information has been extracted from the Centurion database using the Xanalys programme. Please note that Centurion is a ‘live’ database and may be subject to the addition and deletion of complaints, complainants and subjects after the initial extraction of data used for the purposes of this request. 

With the above in mind, I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows. 

  1. In the last 3 financial years (15/16), (16/17) and (17/18) there were 5 cases which involved officers facing disciplinary action.
  2. 2 cases involving work colleagues; and

      3 cases involving members of the public.

3.

Brief narrative

Victim

Sanction

Inappropriate relationship

Public

Dismissal

Inappropriate contact/texting

Public

Final Written Warning

Inappropriate contact/texting

Colleague

Final Written Warning

Inappropriate contact/online activity

Public

Resigned

Sexual harassment

Colleague

Management Intervention

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