Date Responded 21 December 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 enhanced DBS checks have Northumbria police received for men since 1st January 2017. What is the average turn around time?

2.How many enhanced DBS checks have Northumbria police received for women since 1st January 2017. What was the average turnaround time?

3.Copies of all correspondence, meeting notes in written or electronic since 1st January 2017 that mention, deal with the turnaround of DBS requests

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 Information Management Unit of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police.

1&2. The information you are seeking is not already held statistically and there are no systems to allow us to sort into gender. Therefore, to provide down to the level you are requesting,  a manual review of approximately 63,000 applications would be required to break down by gender. This exercise could not be achieved within the permitted 18 hour threshold.

Additionally as we cannot break down by gender we do not hold any ‘average turn around time’ at these points. However I can advise that ‘average turn around times ’ is not calculated or held and we are not obliged to estimate data to offer a response a FOI request.

You may wish to contact DBS direct to see if they hold that data

3.No correspondence is held at this point.

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