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Forensic Collision Investigators - 1254/19

Date Responded 29 October 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 Forensic Collision Investigator positions does your Force have on your establishment structure?
  2. Do you currently have a full establishment of Forensic Collision Investigators?
  3. How many of your Forensic Collision Investigators have obtained a recognised Forensic Collision Investigation qualification as listed in Appendix A of the NPCC Forensic Collision Investigation & Reconstruction Protocol 2018?
  4. How many of your Forensic Collision Investigators have undertaken ALL the Training Courses listed in Appendix C of the NPCC Forensic Collision Investigation & Reconstruction Protocol 2018?
  5. In the calendar year 2018 how many investigations did your Forensic Collision Investigators carry out? If possible, within the timeframe/cost threshold set out by the FOIA, please also provide this information for 2017, 2016 and 2015.
  6. In the calendar year 2018, how many accidents did your Forensic Collision Investigators attend? If possible, please break this down into fatal and serious accidents. If possible, within the timeframe/cost threshold set out by the FOIA, please also provide this information for 2017, 2016 and 2015.

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 within Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

1. There are currently 10 (FTE) authorised Collision Investigator positions in our establishment structure.

2. There are currently 9 (FTE) actual Collision Investigator positions filled by Officers.

3. Two Forensic Collision Investigators are qualified to City & Guilds level.

Five Forensic Collision Investigators are qualified to UCPD (University Certificate of Professional Development) level.

Two Forensic Collision Investigators are working towards UCPD level.

4. None of the officers possess all of the listed qualifications within the defined time period.

5. The Forensic Collision Investigation Unit (FCIU) attended the number of Serious Injury Road Traffic Collisions (RTC’s) and Fatal RTC’s listed in the response to question 6.

In addition to the RTC’s attended in 2018 they conducted the following exams:- 61 vehicle exams & 26 Stolen Motor Vehicle (SMV) Exams

In addition to the RTC’s attended in 2017 they conducted the following exams:- 50 vehicle exams & 123 SMV Vehicle Exams

In addition to the RTC’s attended in 2016 they conducted the following exams:- 43 vehicle exams & 183 SMV Exams

In addition to the RTC’s attended in 2015 they conducted the following exams:- 41 vehicle exams & 147 SMV Exams

For each Fatal RTC a full investigation and report is produced but for every Serious Injury RTC, vehicle exam and SMV exam any further work and report/investigation may not have been conducted other than the initial attendance.  To established if a FCIU investigation has been undertaken would exceed the 18 hour timeframe, however we have provided what we are able to without your request being wholly refused under Section 12.

As a result it is not possible to provide the information requested in addition to that listed above.

6. In 2018 the Forensic Collision Investigation Unit (FCIU) attended 82 Serious Injury Road Traffic Collisions (RTC’s) and 38 Fatal RTC’s (120 in total)

In 2017 the Forensic Collision Investigation Unit attended 101 Serious Injury Road Traffic Collisions (RTC’s) and 44 Fatal RTC’s. (145 in total)

In 2016 the Forensic Collision Investigation Unit attended 63 Serious Injury Road Traffic Collisions (RTC’s) and 31 Fatal RTC’s. (94 in total)

In 2015 the Forensic Collision Investigation Unit attended 97 Serious Injury Road Traffic Collisions (RTC’s) and 38 Fatal RTC’s. (135 in total)

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