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Date Responded 18 February 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:

  1. Does Northumbria Police offer Employer Supported Policing (or other paid time off) to members of Police Staff to carry out the role of Special Constable?
  2. If so, how much paid time is offered to carry out the role of Special Constable?
  3. Does the member of police staff have to be a Special Constable with Northumbria police to qualify for the paid time off?

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the HR 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.

  1. Police staff who volunteer as Special Constables with Northumbria Police and other regional forces can claim paid time off to carry out the role of a Special Constable.
  2. A maximum of 8 paid hours (pro-rata for reduced hour’s staff) per calendar month to carry out their role as a Special Constable.

3 The member of staff does not have to be a Special Constable exclusively with Northumbria Police to qualify for paid time off.

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