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Date Responded 15 February 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:

Could you please provide copies of your policy and procedure for recording psychological injuries on duty for

(i)            police officers

(ii)           (ii) police staff

For the years 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018? 

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 Human Resources Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police. 

No policy or procedure exists to record psychological injuries on duty. 

Please be advised it is not possible to record when a psychological injury may/may not have occurred. 

Northumbria Police can and does record where an individual has reported absent due to mental illness and will also reflect the reasons an individual states they are absent. However, this can be weeks/months/years after an event and may not be the only precipitating factor that has led to an individual’s absence. It is not possible to draw any direct link between an incident and subsequent ill health and it is also not possible to assume harm has occurred where an officer is confronted with a particular situation. 

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