Policing of Riots - 727/11
Dated: 07 Jun 2011
Date of request: 21/09/2011
Date of response: 10/10/2011
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 21 September 2011 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.
I am writing to ask whether you hold information about the cost of the August riots to your force, in terms of the overtime you have had to pay to officers.
If you do, could you please provide me with answers to the following questions:
What was the total cost of paying overtime to officers deployed to riot-hit areas in August?
How many officers were deployed on riot duty?
As of September 21, how many officers are still working on trying to identify rioters?
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 with the Finance and Operations Departments of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held, in part, by Northumbria Police.
No information held. The total costs will not be available until all invoices and claims are received and paid. It is anticipated that this will not be before the end of October 2011.
There have been 6 separate deployments to the MPS between 8 August and 11 September 2011, inclusive, the total deployment numbers were 480.
78 officers were also deployed to GMP but were cancelled en-route.
No information held, as no riots occurred in the Northumbria area and therefore no officers are deployed in the identification of rioters.
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