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Date Responded 18 January 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:

I’m just wondering what your car call signs are for Local policing, Roads Policing Team and Firearms Support Team as I like policing and I am just interested.



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 with the Fleet 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.


Vehicle call signs include 3 characters – either two letters or two numerals, with an identifying letter in front. For example UDF, N23 or D15.

Those identifying letters are :-


A             Collision Investigation

D             Dogs

E              Driver Training

H             Mounted

L              Firearms

N             Neighbourhood Policing Team

R             Marine

S              Search

T              Road Policing

U             Local 24/7 Response Car

Y              Vehicle with detainee containment cell

Z              Local C.I.D.


To note on this occasion we have complied with your request however it should not be seen as a gateway to request further information to satisfy your curiosity. Searching for information takes staff away from their day to day duties and therefore there is a cost to the public purse.  Request made under the Act should be for the benefit of the greater public and not solely for the interest of an individual. Section 14 of the Act may be considered should further submissions be made.

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