Officers with Criminal Convictions - 1410/19

Date Responded 07 January 2020

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. The number of police officers who have been employed by Northumbria Police and had a criminal conviction/s when they joined the service, from 2004 to present day.
  2. The number of police officers who have been convicted of a criminal offence/s whilst employed by Northumbria Police as a police officer and remained employed as a police officer following misconduct proceedings, from 2004 to present day.

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, in part, by Northumbria Police, however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.  To establish whether a person had ever been convicted before joining Northumbria Police (point 1 of your request) would require significant research to locate, extract and compile a response, and consequently has been assessed as exceeding the 18 hour time constraints, and therefore Section 12(1) 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.

As part of your request would exceed the prescribed limit, as defined by the Act, there is no requirement for Northumbria Police to provide a response to the remaining parts of your request.  However, in order to provide you with some assistance, under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, an initial assessment of the information that may be provided within the time constraints would be for point 2 of your request as set out above.

If this would be useful, you may wish to refine and resubmit your request accordingly.

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