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Response Officers - 1102/19

Date Responded 02 October 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 response officers work for the force as of 1 Sep 2019?
  2. How many live or ongoing jobs did response officers have as of 1 Sep 2019 (total figure)?
  3. How many response officers worked for the force as of 1 Sep 2018?
  4. How many live or ongoing jobs did response officers have as of 1 Sep 2018 (total figure)?
  5. How many single-crewed shifts have response officers worked in 2019 (monthly breakdown)?
  6. How many single-crewed shifts did response officers work in 2018 (monthly breakdown)?

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 within Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held, in part, by Northumbria Police however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.

The information requested, particularly at points 2,4,5 & 6 is not already held and is not held in a format that allows its extraction within the permitted 18 hour threshold.  With regards to points 2 and 3 incidents may have been attended by officers who were not response officers.  With regards to points 5 and 6 again this is not held statistically.  During the course of a shift an officer can change from single crew to double depending on the nature of the incident they are attending.  To provide a response to those parts would require each incident to be manually reviewed.  This would entail in excess of 10,000 incidents.  Even at a conservative estimate of 3 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract this information would take over 500 hours, therefore Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act would apply.  This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00.

You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for your request.

However, in order to provide you with some assistance, under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, an initial assessment of the information that may be provided within the time constraints would be questions 1 & 3.  If this would be useful, you may wish to refine and resubmit your request accordingly.

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