Northumbria Police Authority's staff confidentiality agreements and related disciplinary actions ...

Martin McGartland made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Northumbria Police Authority

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Martin McGartland

Dear Northumbria Police Authority,

I would like to request the following information about
Northumbria Police Authority's staff confidentiality agreements and related disciplinary actions:

1. Copies of all confidentiality clauses, agreements or policies that staff are required to abide by. Please include any non-standard clauses which apply to particular groups of staff, or individuals. I am expecting the release of any relevant standard clauses contained within employment contracts as well as relevant policies such as your whistle-blowing policy, and any rules guiding
staff participation in online discussion, blogging and social networking sites.

2. The number of times Northumbria Police Authority staff members have faced disciplinary actions or proceedings as a result of breaching these confidentiality agreements, policies and clauses.

3. A listing of these disciplinary actions broken down by the date and type of disciplinary action taken (eg verbal warning, demotion, loss of benefit, etc)

4. The number of Northumbria Police Authority staff that have been dismissed as a result of breaching or infringing confidentiality agreements.

5. Of those i) disciplined and ii) dismissed - How many had a defence of whistleblowing?

I would like this data annually for most recent three year period (either calendar or financial depending on how you record such data).

With respect to Northumbria Police Authority policies clauses and agreements only those that are currently in-force are being requested.

I would like to clarify that I am only seeking policies etc.
relating to the staff-employer relationship ie. the rules staff agree to follow as individuals.

If one part of this request can be answered sooner than others, pleas supply that information while you are dealing with the rest.

Yours faithfully,

Martin McGartland

CS Enquiries.NPA, Northumbria Police Authority

My Ref: CC29596
Your Ref:


4 August 2011


Dear Mr McGartland

Subject: Freedom of Information - Chief Executive Office - Service
Improvement

I refer to the request, which you have made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 for records held by this department/office.

Acknowledgement

Your request dated 04 August was received by this department on 04
August 2011. The officer handling your request is Richard Hall. He may
be contacted by telephone on number 0191 433 2094 should you have any
questions or concerns about your request.

A final decision on your request would normally be sent to you within 20
working days of receipt of your request. This means that you can expect
to receive your decision by 02 September 2011.

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In the event that you need to make such an appeal, you can do so by
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You should state that you are appealing because an initial decision was
not sent to you within the time permitted. In that event, you would
normally have 40 days (after the original decision should have been sent
to you) in which time to make the appeal.

Yours sincerely

Richard Hall
Northumbria Police Authority
Direct Tel: 0191 433 2094
Email: [email address]
www.northumbria-police-authority.org

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Richard Hall (Chief Executives), Northumbria Police Authority

2 Atodiad

Mr Martin McGartland

My Ref: CC29596 Your Ref:
Date: 02/09/2011

Dear Mr McGartland,

Subject: Freedom of Information - Chief Executive Office - Service
Improvement

I refer to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and to your letter to this
office dated 104 August 2011.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, we have formally
decided to grant access to the records requested and accordingly they are
as follows:
I would like to request the following information about Northumbria Police
Authority's staff confidentiality agreements and related disciplinary
actions:

1. Copies of all confidentiality clauses, agreements or policies that
staff are required to abide by. Please include any non-standard clauses
which apply to particular groups of staff, or individuals. I am expecting
the release of any relevant standard clauses contained within employment
contracts as well as relevant policies such as your whistle-blowing
policy, and any rules guiding staff participation in online discussion,
blogging and social networking sites.

Answer - Support Services are provided to Northumbria Police Authority via
a service level agreement with Gateshead Council. As such, all staff are
employed by Gateshead Council and adhere to policies and procedures
required of Gateshead Council.

Attached are copies of Gateshead Council's Whistle Blowing Policy; and
Standards, Procedures and Protocols Governing the use of Information and
Communications Technology (ICT) within Gateshead Council
<<Item+08+-+The+Whistleblowing+Policy+for+Employees+report.doc.doc>>
<<Standards Procedures and Protocols 2011v1.doc>>

2. The number of times Northumbria Police Authority staff members have
faced disciplinary actions or proceedings as a result of breaching these
confidentiality agreements, policies and clauses.

Answer - No staff employed by Gateshead Council working on behalf of
Northumbria Police Authority have faced disciplinary proceedings as a
result of breaching any confidentiality agreements policies and clauses.

3. A listing of these disciplinary actions broken down by the date and
type of disciplinary action taken (e.g. verbal warning, demotion, loss of
benefit, etc)

Answer - As a result of the response above to the second part of your
request, there are no actions to provide a breakdown.

4. The number of Northumbria Police Authority staff that have been
dismissed as a result of breaching or infringing confidentiality
agreements.

Answer - As a result of the response above to the second part of your
request, there are no instances of an officer of Northumbria Police
Authority being dismissed for breaching or infringing confidentiality
agreements

5. Of those i) disciplined and ii) dismissed - How many had a defence of
whistleblowing?

Answer - As a result of the response above to the second part of your
request, there are no instances of an officer of Northumbria Police
Authority being disciplined or dismissed and using a defence of
whistleblowing.

The information provided in response to your request is copyright
Gateshead Council unless otherwise endorsed. Granting access to this
information under the Freedom of Information Act does not permit you to
re-use the information provided for commercial purposes, for photocopying
or reproduction in any form. If you wish to re-use the information you
need to apply for a Licence. You can do this by writing to Tanya
Rossington, Information Rights Officer, Legal and Corporate Services, 1st
Floor, Civic Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead, NE8 1HH. You may be
required to pay a fee or comply with conditions for permitted re-use.

Should you have any queries regarding the contents of this letter, please
contact Richard Hall on 0191 433 2094.

Yours faithfully

Richard Hall

Richard Hall
Northumbria Police Authority
Direct Tel: 0191 433 2094
Email: [email address]
[1]www.northumbria-police-authority.org

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Martin McGartland

Dear Richard Hall,

Thank you for much for all your help in this matter and for dealing with my request so quickly.

Kind regards,

Martin McGartland

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