Media Consultants - 354/10
Dated: 07 Jun 2011
Date of request: 24/06/2010
Date of response: 20/07/2010
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 24 June 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.
Please could you state the number of occasions - if any - since 1 January 2008, when your force has employed any "external" media consultants - ie, personnel in addition to those employed by your force in your own media department.
Please give details for each occasion, stating why the outside consultants were employed (eg, for assistance with a major investigation, for staff training etc etc).
a) name the consultants or companies involved, and
b) supply the costs of hiring them in each instance.
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
Review of a Review of the implementation of the Corporate Communications Review and the production of a written report.
a) Matt Tapp Associates.
b) Total costs £1,930.00.
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