Date Responded 13 February 2018

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:

I’m researching what current line-up procedure does your police force use with eyewitnesses when identifying suspects.1. Does your police force use sequential line-up’s (all individuals are viewed one at a time), simultaneous line-up’s (all individuals are viewed at the same time), or does it use Viper (pre-recorded video recordings of individuals)?

2. Please could you respond which type of identification process you use with reasons why you use that one.

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 Criminal Justice 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.


The ID process is a video process with each person viewed individually.  Use of video is in line with national guidance.  It reduces the need for the suspect to attend and can mean that the identification can be completed more quickly and in a less stressful environment.

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