Sexual Misconduct Complaints by Officers - 422/21

Date Responded 15 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:

Please can you tell me how many formal complaints female Met officers have made regarding sexual discrimination or sexual harassment at work over the last three years (to the present day)?

For each complaint, please can you give me:
a) details about / a description of the complaint
b) the outcome of the complaint
c) the current employment status of the officer(s) being complained about including if they are suspended
d) the current employment status of the complainant

On 23 March we sought clarity on your submission and you responded on 14 April with the below clarification to our queries:

I mean complaints made by female Northumbria police officers and staff against Northumbria police officers and staff.
And I mean the three years 23 March 2018 to 23 March 2021

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 with the following caveats noted:

• To note the data has been provided in a format which avoids the use of exemptions to withhold.

• Data has been checked for complaints of sexual discrimination or sexual harassment at work which have been recorded on a live system and may be subject to change after the initial extraction of data used for the purposes of this report.

• Results include allegations made against serving Northumbria Police Officers, and may contain historical allegations which have been reported and recorded during the time frame of this request, not necessarily the time of the incident, all alleged reports have been counted regardless of the outcome of any investigation and include cases that have been subsequently withdrawn by the complainant or where the disapplication process has been applied.

There is one such allegation that fits the specific criteria of this request:

It is alleged that male officer behaved in a manner which has caused female officer to feel distressed and uncomfortable.
1 x accused - Management Action – still employed
Complainant – still employed

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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