Date Responded 06 January 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. How many BCUs your police force has?
  2. how many SOIT officers each of those BCUs is meant to have on active duty per weekend?
  3. how many SOIT officers were working in each of the BCUs listed in (1) on the weekend of 2nd and 3rd November 2019?
  4. how many SOIT officers were on long-term sickness leave in each of those BCUs listed in (1) on the weekend of 2nd and 3rd November 2019?

A SOIT is a sexual offences investigative trained officer. A BCU is a basic command unit.

In Response:

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.

1. This information can be found by simple research of the Northumbria Police website, via the about us page.  It is also included at point 3 of your submission.

2. A minimum of 2 officers, who are specifically dedicated to carrying out SOIT duties, per Area Command per shift.

3. The below numbers are based on officers who have completed the relevant SOIT course and is provided as a headcount.




Northern Area Command



Central Area Command



Southern Area Command




4. There were three SOIT officers from Northern Area Command on long term sickness absence during the weekend of 2 & 3 November 2019.

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