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Date Responded 07 May 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:

Please can you tell me, as of April 1st 2020, how many officers currently working within your force have been specifically trained to be first responders to reports of domestic abuse made by the public? 

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the People Services Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police.

Northumbria Police do not train officers specifically as first responders to reports of Domestic Abuse (DA) made by the public.  Training has been delivered to assist officers/staff to identify the characteristics of DA, as oppose to solely being for ‘first responders’.

All frontline officers have been DA trained through various means including face to face briefing/awareness sessions; formal classroom based training and online training packages.  For DA training purposes, frontline officers also include those working in Operations Department, Control Rooms, the Primary Investigation Centre, Secondary Investigation Unit and specialist units in the Safeguarding Department.

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