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Additional Police Officers - 340/22

Date Responded 16 March 2022

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:

It is reported that of the 20,000 additional police officers promised by the Government, 11,000 are now in place. 


  1. Can you please confirm how many of these additional officers are in Northumbria Police
  2. and how many addition officers are stationed in Sunderland?

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the People Systems 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. As a result of the uplift programme Northumbria Police has had a net growth of 393 Police Officers.
  2. The Area Command within the Force which covers Sunderland is Southern Area Command, which has had a net growth of 67 officers and this information will not be broken down further.  Although the additional 67 officers are allocated to Southern Area Command, they will be supported by other departments within the Force such as Force Coordination and Operations, Safeguarding Department and Crime Department.  Additionally, the officers at Area Command will be supported by Police Staff colleagues including PCSO’s.  Furthermore officers will be allocated work in more specific areas, they can also be required to support or be supported by Police in other areas of the Area Command, Force or nationally should it be required.


Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete.  However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes.  The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.  As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.


The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.


If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.


Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.


The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

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