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.
1. How many police officers did Northumbria Police employ at year end 2010, with responsibility for roads policing. Similarly, how many did it employ at year end 2017 with this responsibility and how many on date of receipt?
2. How many road traffic incidents were recorded in the force area in 2010 and in 2017? In both years, how many of these were incidents related to speeding and how many collisions in total were attended?
3. How many road traffic incidents have been recorded up to the date of receipt? How many of these were incidents related to speeding and how many collisions in total have been attended?
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 however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.
The information requested at points 2 and 3 is not held centrally nor is it held in a format that allows its retrieval within the permitted 18 hours.
At point 2, not all incidents would be attended therefore to establish that would entail a manual review of all such incidents for the time periods requested. For the period 01/04/18 to 31/12/18 there were in excess of 2200 RTCs. Even at a conservative estimate of 5 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract this information alone would take over 183 hours. Similarly to establish how many RTCs related to speeding is not held centrally, some collisions may have been attended and not needed a report, some may have had an automatic summons, and some may have been issued words of advice or issued with a verbal warning. As a definitive answer to your query cannot be achieved within the 18 hour threshold ,Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00
You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for your request.
Although excess cost removes Northumbria Police's obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information below, relative to your request at point 1, retrieved or available before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded. I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of your request.
2010 : 144.70 FTE (15.00 SGTs and 129.70 PCs)
2017: 118.00 FTE (1.00 C/Insp, 5.00 Insp, 12.00 SGTs and 100.00 PCs)
Present: 98.00 FTE (2.00 C/Insp, 5.00 Insp, 11.00 SGTs and 80.00 PCs)