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Unit Radio Call Signs - 599/20

Date Responded 28 April 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:

If possible could you disclose the unit radio callsigns for these departments/units within the police force

- Collision Investigation

- Dogs

- Driver Training

- Mounted

- Firearms

- Neighbourhood Policing Team

- Marine

- Search

- Road Policing

- Local 24/7 Response Car

- Vehicle with detainee containment cell

- Local C.I.D.

Could all these callsigns please include the Phonetic code (I.E TO__) and the number range in accordance to rank (i.e Inspector Phonetic Code + Number E.G TO15)

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 Communications Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police however will not be disclosed for the following reasons.

The information requested is not held in a format that is extractable within the permitted 18 hour threshold. Compiling a list would require comparing all staff numbers with current assignments.  This exercise cannot be achieved within 18 hours therefore Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00

You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for your request.

You should note that had section 12 not been fully applicable this information would have withheld under section s31(1)(a)(b) Law Enforcement. 

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