Policing Pledge - 527/10
Dated: 07 Jun 2011
Date of request: 31/08/2010
Date of response: 15/09/2010
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your email dated 31 August 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.
I have read that a number of police forces intend to continue to use the Policing Pledge despite the new Government’s decision to scrap it. I would be interested in finding out whether Northumbria Constabulary intends to continue to invest in and/or utilise the Pledge as a pledge of minimum standards that the public can expect from the force.
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
Although the Government is no longer monitoring police forces against the Policing Pledge, Northumbria Police will continue to work to drive down crime and bring offenders to justice while providing a quality policing service which meets the public needs.
In keeping with principles which underpinned the pledge we will continue to seek to understand local communities needs and concerns and respond to them in a way that those communities and individuals within them would want.
We are committed to putting people at the heart of what we do, treating them fairly, with dignity and respect and keeping victims informed of progress with their cases.
You may also find the following pages on the Northumbria Police and Home Office websites of interest:-
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