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Sex Work Liaison Officers - 927/18

Date Responded 09 November 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. Does your Constabulary have a nominated officer or officers who acts as a single point of contact in relation to all crimes against sex workers (often called Sex Work Liaison Officers)?

If you do have Sex Work Liaison Officers, please answer the following questions:

2  Does the Constabulary refer to these officers as Sex Work Liaison Officers or are they referred to by a different name? What is this name, if so?

3  How many officers currently have this role in this Constabulary?

4  Are these Sex Work Liaison Officers police officers, PCSOs, special constables or civilian staff? What rank are they?

5  What neighbourhoods do the Sex Work Liaison Officers cover within the Constabulary?

6  Do the Sex Work Liaison Officers monitor both on and off-street sex work?

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 Safeguarding 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. Yes
  2. Different name – Dedicated Liaison Officers (DLO’S)
  3. 34
  4. Police Officers – Constable
  5. Force area
  6. Yes
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