Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
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The Metropolitan Police Force claimed it had "900+ specialist officers across London dedicated to investigating all hate crime" in 2017.
Please provide the following information:
1. Exactly how many hate crime officers or SPOCs for hate crime does your force employ, according to the most recent available statistics?
2. How many of these officers count towards the force's total for operational frontline officers, as per the HMIC definitions described in Appendix 2 of this document? http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/SN00634/police-service-strength
3. How many civilian support staff directly support the work of these officers, if any?
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Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Crime and Human Resources 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 you as follows.
To explain, each of the three Area Commands have a Community Engagement Team resourced with Police Officers and Police Staff. The terms of reference largely include a focus on hate crime, in particular engagement with minority groups to improve education and increase confidence in reporting, ensure victims receive the appropriate support to help cope and recover, work with partner agencies in relation to improving our response to hate crime.
These teams are resourced differently in each Area Command as follows.
Northern – I Sergeant, 1 Police Constable and 2 Community Engagement Officers
Central - I Sergeant, 4 FTE Police Constables and 3 Community Engagement Officers
Southern - 1 Police Constable and 3 Community Engagement Officers
1.Superintendent Musgrove is the lead for hate crime.
2. In addition to the above information, the HR department can confirm that all of the officers in the Community Engagement Teams count towards the frontline figures.
3. The Community Engagement Officers (8) are police staff who support these officers and count towards the frontline figures.