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Disciplinary Proceedings - 161/10

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request: 11/03/2010

Date of response: 26/03/2010

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 11 March 2010 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

I would be grateful if you would confirm how many officers have faced disciplinary proceedings under both the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2004 and 2008 in relation to data protection issues and computer misuse. Of these, I would be grateful if you would confirm how many officers have been dismissed (either with or without notice) and of those who were not dismissed what other sanctions were imposed.

I can confirm that the information is required in calendar format since 2004 ie from date of inception of the Police Conduct Regulations 2004.

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention. 

Please note that system used to extract this information a live database and, therefore, cases may be subject to the addition and deletion of complaints, complainants and subjects after the initial extraction of data to be used in this response.  The data was extracted based on the date a case was recorded for the date range 1 January 2004 – 28 February 2010.  Searches were conducted based on Misconduct cases with a category of ‘Confidentiality’ or ‘Lawful orders’, and Conduct cases with a category of ‘Confidentiality’.  Where ‘Lawful orders’ allegations have duplicated the allegations under ‘Confidentiality’ these have not been included.  The response relates to cases against Officers and Special Constables only, police staff and CSO’s have not been included in this request. Cases where the officer was ‘unknown’ have not been included in this response.

Please note that the number of officers does not correspond to the number of cases or the number of complaints as there can be more than one officer per case and more than one officer per complaint.  The information below relates to computer misuse and other instances of data protection (which may or may not have involved computer misuse).

During the period specified a total of 161 officers faced disciplinary action.

During this period no officers have been dismissed, however the following sanctions were used:

  • Required to Resign

  • Final written warning

  • Superintendents warning

  • Written warning

  • Fines (of a number of days pay)

  • Reprimand

  • Formal Advice

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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