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Suicide Training - 1526/19

Date Responded 31 December 2019

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 police constables have completed the zero suicide alliance training in suicide prevention.  I can Confirm this is only for PCs only and no other rank.
  2. If you had completed a report on the effectiveness of the zero suicide alliance training from police constable perspectives. Can you send the information of any statistical evaluations of that PCs may have done on how they viewed the effectiveness of the course. Did they think the course was beneficial

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Peoples Services Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police.

  1. There is a lot of suicide prevention work currently being undertaken in the Northumbria Police area at this time and in recognition of the importance of the polices role in this area we are the first force in the country to support the Regional Suicide Prevention Groups by releasing a member of staff to undertake the coordinator role for the North East area.  The Zero Suicide Alliance Video is just one of a number of suicide prevention initiatives being utilised in the Northumbria Police area and is supplementing crisis intervention inputs ‘1st Responder Training’ to all operational and trainee officers across the force in the last two years.  This training is delivered by accredited and experienced police negotiators whose role is primarily around suicide and crisis intervention.  The relatively small number of views of this video would not reflect its being shown at briefings across the force to large audiences.
  2. No evaluation has been carried out at the time of this request.
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