Unlawful Arrests and Dismissals - 67/23

Date Responded 08 March 2023

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 people have received compensation and the average compensation paid to them for the unlawful arrests and behaviour of police officers for each calendar years (2013 to 2022)

2. How many police officers and police staff members are on the police barred list having been dismissed or would have been dismissed from police service for each calendar years (2013 to 2022)

After we sought clarification as to what you defined as ‘behaviour of police offices’ you advised ‘unlawful behaviour is anything that occurs as a result of an unlawful arrest’

On 24 January 2023 you advised that you wish to remove point 2 from your request.

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 Legal Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

1. The number of Public Liability civil claims where compensation was paid within each calendar year is as follows:

Calendar Year

Public Liability civil claims where compensation was paid within the calendar year






















No information held in relation to averages – these are not recorded/held.

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.

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