Management of Property
Dated: 10 Jul 2013
NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED
POLICY TITLE: Management of Property
OWNING DIRECTORATE: Business Support Department
AUTHOR: Head of Business Support Department
CONTACT DETAILS: Ext 64003
EQUALITY IMPACT ASSESSMENT: Complete
AIM OF POLICY: To ensure that Northumbria Police effectively and efficiently manages property.
BENEFIT OF POLICY: Ensures that Northumbria Police maintains an effective and efficient property management system.
REASON FOR POLICY: Northumbria Police acknowledges the right afforded by Article 1 of the Human Rights Act 1998, to the enjoyment of possessions. In carrying out its duties, the force will not seize, retain or dispose of property except where it is lawful and in the public interest.
DESCRIPTION OF POLICY:
Northumbria Police has a pragmatic and proportionate approach to the seizure, handling, storage and disposal of property. This is underpinned by the key principles below.
Property Other Than Found Property (POFP)
Northumbria Police will not seize any property if at all possible and will only seize what is essential for evidential purposes. Seized property will be retained for the shortest time possible.
Disposal decisions rest with the officer in charge and seized items will be disposed of after 35 days, unless there is a legal reason to retain for longer.
It is not Force policy to routinely accept property found in public places, on public service vehicles, trains, metro trams or in private premises. In such cases, the finder should be directed to the appropriate authority.
Members of the public bringing in items which are Not Identifiable; Low Risk; and/or Low Value will be advised that the item will be checked for reported loss or theft but will then be disposed of immediately if no such links are found.
Other than for items of found cash, the finder will be advised that we will not return the item to them if not claimed.
There are comprehensive instructions available to staff, including the underpinning legislation affecting property management, roles and responsibilities, Health and Safety issues as well as the procedures to be adopted according to the nature of the property and the circumstances surrounding its seizure, handling, storage and disposal.
There is an auditing process in place which will ensure the integrity and security of property held within Northumbria Police.
SOURCE DOCUMENT: N/A
GROUPS AFFECTED: All staff
ACCESS AND DISCLOSURE RESTRICTIONS: None
This instruction is designed to avoid discrimination and in accordance with the Human Rights Act 1998 and its underlying principles.