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Date Responded 31 August 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 am writing for information on your force’s implementation of the recommendations of the NPCC "National Strategy to address the issue of police officers and staff who abuse their position for a sexual purpose" that was approved for adoption by all forces at the NPCC meeting in April 2017. One of those subjects mentioned was vetting 

1.       How many police officers in your force have been vetted and have up-to-date security clearance?

2.       How many PCSOs in your force have been vetted and have up-to-date security clearance?

3.       What is your vetting policy and procedure?

4.       What is the total number of police officers currently working?

5.       What is the total number of PCSOs currently working?

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 by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

As a consequence of the  recommendations of the NPCC National Strategy to address the issue of police officers and staff who abuse their position for a sexual purpose, Northumbria Police reviewed and identified all the relevant posts. All officers and staff in those posts are vetted to the required standard.  There are no PCSO’s in identified posts.

All of our PCSOs and Officers are fully vetted on appointment, this vetting is then repeated/updated at 7 and 10 year intervals depending on the level of vetting required.  The current outstanding update vetting is due to be concluded in September 2018.

‘It is important the raw data showing the number of officers and PCSOs requiring vetting is put into context. These figures include when someone’s original vetting has expired and they are awaiting re-vetting – and there may be occasions when this cannot be achieved prior to the deadline, for example when someone is on long-term absence.

‘The Force is committed to ensuring all employees are vetted to the standard required of the 2017 Vetting Code of Practice.’

Therefore, the data provided below was at 1st April 2018 as included in the PEEL data return to HMICfrs.

With the above in mind, please see below.

1. 2075 (the remaining 1143 were all vetted on appointment and repeat/update vetting is ongoing)

2. 184

3. Code of Practice and Authorise Professional Practice – Vetting

4. 3218

5. 193

 Additionally, we update our establishment numbers regularly on the Northumbria Police website.  These figures will always be slightly different to the vetting figures as explained above.  You can find the current establishment figures by clicking the link below. 

http://www.northumbria.police.uk/about

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