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.
1. The number of police officers, PCSOs or civilian staff in your police force who have resigned or retired while under investigation for misconduct, from 15 Dec 2017 to 14 July 2018 (inclusive)
And for each case:
2. A brief description of the alleged misconduct (that gives no personal details e.g. assault against civilian in custody)
3. If applicable, the alleged offence(s)
4. The misconduct outcome (if case ongoing, please state that)
5. If applicable, the criminal outcome
6. Whether the employee was put on the Police Barred List
7. Whether the employee was put on the Police Advisory List
8. Whether the employee is still on the Police Advisory List and if not, please include whether this is because they were moved to the Police Barred List or were removed altogether.
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.
1 x Police Officer
1 x PCSO
1 x Police Staff
All of the above are currently ongoing investigations.
As the above are all live investigations, no further information can be disclosed by virtue of the following exemption.
Section 30 Investigations and Proceedings Conducted By Public Authorities.
Section 30 is a class based qualified exemption which means that a public interest test is required.
Factors favouring disclosure for S30
Disclosure of the data would give the public the satisfaction of knowing that these types of incidents are investigated properly, and that any misconduct by a member of staff working for Northumbria Police are taken seriously and that the use of public funds is being spent wisely.
Factors against disclosure for S30
These cases are not yet concluded and therefore disclosure of the data requested at this stage would hinder ongoing investigations into these cases. Investigations would be required to ascertain whether a person should be charged with an offence or if any person charged with an offence is guilty of it. These facts have not yet been established and to disclose any information prior to any investigation being complete would not be appropriate and therefore not considered.
As set out above, investigations are still ongoing to ascertain the facts. Whilst these are ongoing we are unable to provide any information as to the circumstances. To do so would not be fair to any persons involved and could impact on ongoing enquiries.
You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for that part of your request.