Senior Information Risk Owners - 279/12
Dated: 07 Jun 2011
Date of request: 13/03/2012
Date of response: 22/03/2012
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 13 March 2012 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.
In 2008 the government established a new position within government to try and deal with the serious problems of departments losing sensitive and confidential information, particularly that stored electronically. Those holding this new office are called Senior Information Risk Owners or Officers (SIRO's) and all departments as well as various other bodies within HM Gov must appoint someone to this post.
What I don't know is if this role has since been introduced into the Police Forces. If it has, then could you please tell me who the SIRO is for your organisation, their position within the organisation and their contact details? A SIRO is more of a responsibility than an actual job title and is usually given to a senior member of staff. If you do not have one then that is fine but I would like to know.
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 Chief Officer Team of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.
I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.
The SIRO for Northumbria Police is Assistant Chief Constable Jim Campbell. He can be contacted via the 101 telephone number and asking for extension 68009.
You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 via the Disclosure Log. The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.
Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the public interest. The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester. I have provided the relevant link below:-
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.