Northumbria police officers who have been charged with a crime - Martin McGartland request
Martin McGartland (Account suspended) made this Freedom of Information request to Northumbria Police
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28 December 2017
Dear Northumbria Police,
This request is made under the Freedom of Information Act (2000). The information I am requesting is for the previous 3 calendar years .
My request is for the number of Northumbria police officers who have been charged with a crime.
I would also like to be sent a breakdown of the number of charges against each of the police officers for each of the 3 years - E.g. 1st January 2014/15 ... (for the previous three years, and/or up until the date this request is received).
Please also give details of what protocol is used by Northumbria police for dealing with such cases, i.e. charges against officers, those which relate to crimes etc.
Clarity is required on your request to allow us to progress
Please clarify what time span you are looking for, as at some points you ask for the 'previous 3 years', but then specify from January 2014, which would be 4 years to date.
Therefore please state specifically which years you are referring to, to avoid doubt, ( ie do you mean 2014,2015,2016, 2017 or do you mean 2015,2016, 2017?).
Once this is clear we can progress accordingly.
Information Management Unit
Dear Freedom of Information Mailbox,
As stated, as you included in your reply ... I am requesting the information for the 'previous 3 years'.
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 30/01/2018 which is in accordance with the legislation.
We are taking it that by 'the previous 3 years' you are referring to 2015,2016 & 2017.
If that is not correct you will need to advise by return, stating which years you do refer to.
Information Management Unit
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your e mail dated 29 December 2017 in which you made a
request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria
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.
The information I am requesting is for the previous 3 calendar years .
My request is for the number of Northumbria police officers who have been
charged with a crime.
I would also like to be sent a breakdown of the number of charges against
each of the police officers for each of the 3 years - E.g. 1st January
2014/15 ... (for the previous three years, and/or up until the date this
request is received).
Please also give details of what protocol is used by Northumbria police
for dealing with such cases, i.e. charges against officers, those which
relate to crimes etc.
We then sought clarity as to the time span and you responded ‘I am
requesting the information for the past 3 years’.
We took that to be the time period 2015, 2016 and 2017 and we advised you
of that in our acknowledgment. We also advised that if that was incorrect
that you get back to us and advise further.
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
Professional Standards Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm
that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police
however will not be disclosed for the following reasons.
You have submitted 3 requests on the same day for information regarding
the misconduct of police officers/police staff. As per our
acknowledgements to you on your subsequent requests, FOIs 003/18 and
011/18 refer, we advised that, as your requests were on the same subject
matter, Misconduct of police officers or staff, your requests would be
aggregated due to cost/time constraints .
I can advise that when considered together, your 3 requests far exceed the
permitted 18 hours and therefore Section 12 is applicable. Both FOI
003/18 and FOI 011/18 in their own right exceed the permitted 18 hour
threshold. This then means that this request, when considered with the
others, also automatically falls into the Section 12(1) refusal.
You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the
Act for your request.
The reasons for the refusal of FOI 003/18 and 011/18 will be addressed in
our response to those particular queries.
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. FOI is not the correct route to air
such grievances, and is a misuse of the Act. We therefore feel that we
have justification to make any further request on this subject
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
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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.
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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
The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the
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Martin McGartland (Account suspended) left an annotation ()
25 Years of Serious CORRUPTION by Northumbria Police - from the very Top down - in the Martin McGartland cases ....
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Martin McGartland (Account suspended) left an annotation ()
Northumbria Police (NP) malicious / false ‘vexatious’ claims (their Lies) are nothing new. NP have been using and abusing same by to cover up their gross misconduct – and misfeasance in public office by their Bent officers who are (and were) involved in the Martin McGartland's cases. They having been lying about ‘vexatious’ for more than 7 years, see ICO 2011 decision notice in which they found that request was NOT ‘vexatious’,
NP, Winton Keenen will say (and do) anything to cover up their corruption in the Martin McGartland cases.