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Civilian Investigators – 496/18

Date Responded 19 June 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:

  1. How many Civilian Investigators are currently used by your force?
  2. Which units, squads and/or operations contain Civilian Investigators - and how many Civilian Investigators work in each?
  3. Ideally, please give a total of all investigators to identify the proportion of which are made up of Civilian Investigators.
  4. How many Civilian Investigators have been used by your force over the past 5 years? Please break these down by month and year.
  5. Which external companies or agencies are currently contracted to provide or recruit Civilian Investigators to your force (i.e. G4S, Servoca, etc.)?
  6. How much are these contracts worth, how long do they run and when did they start?
  7. How much money has been spent in total on Civilian Investigators for the last five years? Please break this down by month and year. 
  8. We sought clarity for question 3 and you said ‘I would like the total to be of all detectives + civilian investigators, to identify the proportion of one to the other.’ 

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 in part by Northumbria Police. 

We have only employed Staff Investigator’s since August 2017, therefore this is the only information that we hold with regards to your request. 

With the above in mind, I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows. 

  1. 25
  2. Safeguarding Department (8) and Crime Department (17)
  3. 711

YEAR

MONTH

Headcount

 

Cost

         

2016

Dec

5

 

2,694

2017

Jan

9

 

14,460

2017

Feb

14

 

20,697

2017

Mar

17

 

63,663

2017

Apr

17

 

30,410

2017

May

18

 

30,999

2017

Jun

16

 

27,177

2017

Jul

18

 

35,419

2017

Aug

13

 

24,185

2017

Sep

21

 

43,971

2017

Oct

23

 

43,617

2017

Nov

23

 

90,783

2017

Dec

21

 

39,501

2018

Jan

21

 

39,233

2018

Feb

21

 

39,644

2018

Mar

26

 

99,887

2018

Apr

25

 

45,149

4. We do not use any external agencies to recruit Police Staff investigators.

5 & 6. N/a 

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