Arrests - 181/11
Dated: 07 Jun 2011
Date of request: 09/06/2011
Date of response: 23/06/2011
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
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How many police officers have performed no arrests in the financial year to 31st March 2010?
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Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.
I have decided to disclose the located information to you in as follows.
Of the 4,183 total Police Officer establishment for 09/10, the total number of Police Officers who do not have a recorded arrest during that period is 919.
Our officers are actively involved in working closely with communities to address any issues of crime and disorder and do so very successfully. All arrests must pass the nationally established necessity test.
There are many effective ways of dealing with an offender when the offence does not necessitate an arrest. For example by way of a caution, summons to court, issuing a penalty notice, referral to a driver improvement scheme and final warnings or reprimands for juveniles. Northumbria also uses community resolution which is an outcome that the victim agrees on.
A number of police officer roles would not routinely involve officers making arrests due to nature of the role. Some examples of this could include, custody officers, those involved in covert operations or involved in some specialist roles that support operational policing, such as the investigation of serious crimes where one arrest may follow an investigation over several months by teams of police officers.
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