New Chief Constable: Director of Human Resources Joscelin Lawson, Winton Keenen, Vera Baird - Martin McGartland request

Martin McGartland (Account suspended) made this Freedom of Information request to Northumbria Police

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Martin McGartland (Account suspended)

Martin McGartland

10 April 2018

Dear Northumbria Police,

This FOI request is for information relating to the recruitment process - to find the new Chief Constable for Northumbria. I would like to know, request the following information. The request is for copies of original documents;

1. I would also like to know which part of the recruitment process - to find the new Chief Constable for Northumbria -was NP HR department involved with?

2. Regards 1 above, I would like copies of letters / emails between Director of Human Resources - Joscelin Lawson - PCC Vera Baird, OPCC Northumbria and Winton Keenen. Those which relate to this request and also the recruitment process.

3. How many applications were received in total regards the recruitment process for new Chief Constable for Northumbria?

This part of the request is for full details of the number of applications who did / did not meet the criteria.

4. Was the decision of the panel to appoint Winton Keenen as chief constable unanimous?

5. Details regards the "criteria" that had to be met as part of the recruitment process for new Chief Constable for Northumbria.

6. Copies of each personal letter and copy of candidate brochure which were sent to "all Chief Constables and Deputy Chief Constables" at the time.

7. Where, in which, what publication/s, was the post of Chief Constable advertised following the departure of Steve Ashman?

For this part of the request I would also like copies - of original documents - of following;

a: Copy of each advert from all publications post was advertised
b: A list of each publication the post of Chief Constable was advertised
c: Copies of each invoice from all publications where post of Chief Constable was advertised
d. Total amount spent - for all publications - to advertise post for new Chief Constable of NP

8. A breakdown of all amounts paid by NP which relate to total costs for recruitment process to find the new Chief Constable.

Yours faithfully,

Martin McGartland

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Northumbria Police

Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)

Thank you for your email received today in which you make a request for information that Northumbria Police may hold in accordance with the Freedom Of Information Act 2000

We are in the process of dealing with your request and a response should be provided to you by 10/05/2018 which is in accordance with the legislation.

Yours sincerely

Information Management Unit

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Martin McGartland (Account suspended)

Martin McGartland

24 April 2018

Dear Freedom of Information Mailbox,

I would like to amend this request so that it includes all requested information and documents relating to this request concerning Joscelin Lawson in her roles as Director of Human Resources and also Director of people and Development.

I would also like to add to my request as follows;

A. What is the annual salary of Director of Human Resources?
B. What is the annual salary of Director of people and Development?
C. Please also supply full details of all other payments, allowances, bonuses and benefits that are paid and or which can be claim regards part A, Director of Human Resources?
And B, by the Director of people and Development?

Yours sincerely,

Martin McGartland

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Northumbria Police

Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)

Thank you for your email received today in which you make a request for information that Northumbria Police may hold in accordance with the Freedom Of Information Act 2000

We are in the process of dealing with your request and a response should be provided to you by 24/05/2018 which is in accordance with the legislation.

Yours sincerely

Information Management Unit

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Freedom of Information Mailbox, Northumbria Police

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Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

 

Thank you for your e mail dated 24^th April 2018 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority
(including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

 

You asked:

All requested information and documents relating to this request
concerning Joscelin Lawson in her roles as Director of Human Resources and
also Director of people and Development.

 

I would also like to add to my request as follows;

 

A. What is the annual salary of Director of Human Resources?

B. What is the annual salary of Director of people and Development?

C. Please also supply full details of all other payments, allowances,
bonuses and benefits that are paid and or which can be claim regards part
A, Director of Human Resources?

And B, by the Director of people and Development?

 

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 Human
Resources Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the
information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

 

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

 

A.    The force does not have a Director of Human Resources.  This change
took place on 5^th June 2017.

B.    Director of People and Development is a Band 7 post (salary detailed
below)

GRADE POINT SALARY
52 87,990
Band 7 53 91,743
54 95,493

C.   A) N/A as no Director of Human Resources post

B) Please find attached an excerpt from the Police Staff Handbook.  The
sections 2,3,4,6 and 7, have been extracted and are relevant to your
question.

 

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a
specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an
indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.
Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the
procedures used locally in capturing the data. For this reason responses
between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative
purposes.

 

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.

 

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish
information via the Disclosure Log. The aim of the Disclosure Log is to
promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into
the public arena.

 

The Disclosure Log contains copies of some of the information that has
been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

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 wider
public interest.

 

The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the
requester.

 

I have provided the relevant link below.

 

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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.

Yours sincerely

 

Michael Cleugh

Data Protection and Disclosure Advisor

Direct Dial: 0191 2956941

 

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Dear Freedom of Information Mailbox,

Thank you very much for the information & also for the swift reply.

Yours sincerely,

Martin McGartland

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Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

 

Thank you for your e mail dated 10^th April 2018 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority
(including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

 

You asked:

 

This FOI request is for information relating to the recruitment process -
to find the new Chief Constable for Northumbria. I would like to know,
request the following information. The request is for copies of original
documents;

 

1. I would also like to know which part of the recruitment process - to
find the new Chief Constable for Northumbria -was NP HR department
involved with?

2. Regards 1 above, I would like copies of letters / emails between
Director of Human Resources - Joscelin Lawson - PCC Vera Baird, OPCC
Northumbria and Winton Keenen. Those which relate to this request and also
the recruitment process.

3. How many applications were received in total regards the recruitment
process for new Chief Constable for Northumbria?

This part of the request is for full details of the number of applications
who did / did not meet the criteria.

4. Was the decision of the panel to appoint Winton Keenen as chief
constable unanimous?

5. Details regards the "criteria" that had to be met as part of the
recruitment process for new Chief Constable for Northumbria.

6. Copies of each personal letter and copy of candidate brochure which
were sent to "all Chief Constables and Deputy Chief Constables" at the
time.

7. Where, in which, what publication/s, was the post of Chief Constable
advertised following the departure of Steve Ashman?

 

For this part of the request I would also like copies - of original
documents - of following;

 

a: Copy of each advert from all publications post was advertised

b: A list of each publication the post of Chief Constable was advertised

c: Copies of each invoice from all publications where post of Chief
Constable was advertised

d. Total amount spent - for all publications - to advertise post for new
Chief Constable of NP

8. A breakdown of all amounts paid by NP which relate to total costs for
recruitment process to find the new Chief Constable.

 

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I
provide a response for your attention.

 

 

As per our responses to you in FOI 121/18 and 011/18, we advised that we
would no longer  be responding to your requests for information regarding
certain topics. 

 

Additionally we have reached a point where we can no longer justify
continuing to allocate public funds to dealing with your requests. You
have submitted numerous requests of a similar nature in a short period of
time relating to allegations, complaints and disciplinary processes made
against Northumbria Police. Each response is met with a further request or
a request for an internal review.  It is apparent that you have an ongoing
grievance against Northumbria Police and have continued to target senior
Officers within the Force through the use of FOI.  This has been subject
internal review and the Force’s decision to class requests targeting
senior Officers as vexatious has been upheld by the Information
Commissioner. FOI is not the correct route to air grievances, and using it
as such is a misuse of the Act.  I believe that this request is linked to
this subject and is an attempt to further your targeted campaign against
Northumbria Police. We therefore feel that we have justification to make
any further request on this, and related matters as vexatious.   

 

You have submitted frequent and overlapping requests about similar issues 
and any response provided inevitably leads to further requests. Such a 
step is seen as a deliberate attempt to cause disruption to staff within 
Northumbria Police who would have to be  extracted from everyday duties
should they have to be committed to  responding to your requests on this
subject. Additionally you have targeted the senior Officers of Northumbria
Police in attempts to undermine those Officers and further your campaign
against the Force.

 

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a
specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an
indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.
Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the
procedures used locally in capturing the data. For this reason responses
between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative
purposes.

 

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.

 

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish
information via the Disclosure Log. The aim of the Disclosure Log is to
promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into
the public arena.

 

The Disclosure Log contains copies of some of the information that has
been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

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 wider
public interest.

 

The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the
requester.

 

I have provided the relevant link below.

 

[1]http://www.northumbria.police.uk/freedom...

 

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, attached below

[2]http://www.northumbria.police.uk/freedom...

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.

Yours sincerely

 

Michael Cleugh

Data Protection and Disclosure Advisor

Direct Dial: 0191 2956941

 

[NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED]

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Martin McGartland (Account suspended)

Dear Freedom of Information Mailbox,

You already dealt with and answered this request on 09 May 2018. The request was dealt with and closed by me with a "thank you" reply on 11 May 2018.

Yours sincerely,

Martin McGartland

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