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Family Liaison Officers - 836/19

Date Responded 18 July 2019

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 family liaison officers does the force currently have?
  2. How many family liaison officers did the force have in 2009, 2017 and 2018. Please provide information for each year separately and clearly marked.
  3. How many cases/families can each family liaison officer work with at a time?
  4. a)How many families have not had a family liaison officer allocated to them in the past year to date?  b)How many of these families were victims of knife crime.
  5. How many families did not have a family liaison officer allocated to them in 2009, 2017 and 2018. Please provide information for each year separately and clearly marked.
  6. How many of these families were victims of knife crime for each year.

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted within the Corporate Development, Crime and HR Departments 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. Numbers as  of 1 January 2019 = 97.
  2. Numbers as of 1 January:

2009 = 234.

2017 = 202.

2018 = 94.

3.We only work with families affected by homicide and FLO’s can work with 2/3 (at the very most) families depending on the complexity or demands required with that particular family (complex relationships, parents separated etc).  We try to limit FLO responsibility at any one time.

4. No information held.  However please note that every homicide family would receive contact from a FLO.

Please note that we can only give a response to knife crime homicides (victims of murder, manslaughter and infanticide) only, bearing this in mind we can confirm that from 01/07/2018 to 01/07/2019 there were 6 such offences involving knife crime and in each case a FLO was deployed.  This does not include instances where a FLO was deployed in respect of fatal/serious road traffic incidents, child abuse, missing persons or any other incident where the deployment of a FLO was deemed appropriate and proportionate.

5.This information is not collated.  However, as per our response to 4 above, it should be noted that if it was a homicide then a FLO would always be appointed.

6.Again as per our response to 4 above stating that a FLO was deployed to each victim of a knife homicide indicates that there were no families of knife crime homicides that did not have a FLO deployed.

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