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.
Could you provide me with the following, for the calendar years 2015, 2016 and 2017.
1. In each of these calendar years, how many officers took part in evidence disclosure training?
2. In each of these calendar years, how much money did the force spend on providing officers with evidence disclosure training?
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 Learning & Development and Finance Departments of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.
Please be advised, every officer attending the Initial Crime Investigators Development Programme (ICIDP), Management of Serious Crime Investigations Development Programme (MSCIDP), and Traffic Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) course receives a Disclosure Input. Investigative Skills have also delivered a number of workshops on this subject.
With the above in mind, I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
2015 – No information held. The courses that were delivered in 2016 and 2017 were not available in 2015. The only information for 2015 relates to student officers who were given training as part of their initial course.
Workshops – 166
ICIDP - 16
Traffic SIO - 16
Workshops - 21
ICIDP - 80
MSCIDP - 16
Traffic SIO - 16
All student officers undertaking the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) also receive a Disclosure input as part of their PIP1 course:
2015 – 70 trained
2016 – 66 trained
2017 – 115 trained
There is also an e-learning package available via NCALT, which all officers and staff are encouraged to complete. This disclosure animation is a 12 minute video that introduces the procedures around dealing with the disclosure of unused material under the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996. It looks at a simple burglary investigation scenario, applying the ‘relevance test’ to unused material. The animation explains the difference between sensitive and non-sensitive material and then how to apply the ‘disclosure test’. The video finishes by explaining the importance of this process to ensure the scheduling of unused material is correctly undertaken.
2. All of the above are delivered internally, and at nil cost.