Officer arrests 2015-2019

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Hello,

I'm a reporter with Newsquest's Data Investigations Unit and I'm hoping to obtain information relating to the number of police officers and staff arrested between 2015 and 2019 to date.

I'd prefer to receive the information in Excel spreadsheet - xlsx or xls - format and if you cannot provide the information in full, I would like to request that you provide as much as you are able to within the cost and time limits of the Act.

If you need clarification or can suggest ways in which the request can be refined in order for it to be successful, I'd be grateful if you could contact me as soon as possible.

I'd like to know the following, please:

1. The number of police officers arrested between 2015 and 2019, with figures broken down for each year.
2. The number of police staff arrested between 2015 and 2019, with figures broken down for each year.

For each arrest, please provide:

3. a. The rank/role of the arrested person
b. Years in service
c. Date of arrest
d. Details of the offence the individual was arrested on suspicion of
e. The outcome of the criminal investigation, including the outcome of any prosecution where applicable
f. The outcome of any other investigation into the matter - please specify who conducted the investigation (i.e. internal within the force, the IPCC, etc) and the end result of that investigation

Please structure the response for question 3 a-f within an Excel spreadsheet with the columns 'Date of Arrest - Officer or Staff - Rank/Role - Years in Service - Offence - Criminal outcome - Other outcome'.

Please don't hesitate to come back to me for further clarification if needed.

Yours faithfully,

Joanna Morris

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Northumbria Police

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We are in the process of dealing with your request and a response should be provided to you by 22/05/2019 which is in accordance with the legislation.

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Hello,

Please could you advise as to when I'll be receiving a response to this FOI request? It is now overdue and I would appreciate the disclosure of the information requested as soon as possible.

For clarification, the request is for information relating to the arrests of officers and staff employed by your force.

Yours faithfully,

Joanna Morris

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Northumbria Police

Joanna
Unfortunately due to staff shortages and an increase in the numbers of FOI requests being received we are behind our normal 20 working day returns
We shall get a response to you as soon as we are able.
Your patience is appreciated.

Regards
FOI team

www.northumbria.police.uk | www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk

'Northumbria Police will be outstanding in the service we provide'

'We will do this through protecting the Vulnerable, delivering quality Investigations and applying Problem solving to everything we do to protect the communities we serve.'

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Hello,

As raised previously, this request is now overdue and the delay is impacting upon my research.

I realise the force is behind with its FOI requests but would be grateful if you could please advise as to when I can expect a response?

Yours faithfully,

Joanna Morris

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Northumbria Police

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Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom
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Thank you for your e mail dated 23 April 2019 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:

1. The number of police officers arrested between 2015 and 2019, with
figures broken down for each year.

2. The number of police staff arrested between 2015 and 2019, with figures
broken down for each year.

 

For each arrest, please provide:

 

3. The rank/role of the arrested person

4. Years in service

5.Date of arrest

6. Details of the offence the individual was arrested on suspicion of

7.The outcome of the criminal investigation, including the outcome of any
prosecution where applicable

8. The outcome of any other investigation into the matter please specify
who conducted the investigation (i.e. internal within the force, the IPCC,
etc) and the end result of that investigation

 

 

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 only within the
Professional Standards Department of Northumbria Police. Any other
searches would have rendered this request exempt under Section 12 or
burdensome under Section 14 due to additional search areas  which would
have required extensive research being carried out, ie of PNC records.  In
order to provide you with a response we have therefore limited any
searches to the  Professional Standards Department.

 

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

 

The following information has been extracted from records maintained by
Professional Standards Department.  

 

1.         2015 - 10

2016 - 3

2017 - 6

2018 - 6

2019 - 1 (up to 25/04/19)

 

2.         2015 - 5

2016 - 1

2017 - 0

2018 - 2

2019 - 0 (up to 25/04/19)

 

3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8

(question 4 years in service is from the original start date to the arrest
date)

 

years offence outcome
URN Rank / in date of arrested on outcome criminal  investigation misconduct
Role service arrest suspicion investigation
of
Dismissed
Police Drink Fined and disqualified from driving for 17 without
1 Constable 21 Feb/2015 Driving months notice -
Local
Investigation
Resigned
120 hours unpaid work, disqualified from prior to
2 Police 21 Jun/2015 Drink holding or obtaining a driving licence for 29 misconduct
Constable Driving months and ordered to pay proceedings -
costs                                         Local
Investigation
Assault No action -
3 Police Jan/2015 occasioning NFA Local
Constable actual Investigation
bodily harm
Criminal No action -
4 Police 2015 Damage / NFA Local
Sergeant Breach of Investigation
the Peace
Resigned
prior to
5 Police 00 May/2015 Fraud Simple Caution misconduct
staff proceedings -
Local
Investigation
Resigned
prior to
6 Police 09 Aug/2015 Drunk & not applicable misconduct
staff Disorderly proceedings -
Local
Investigation
Final written
7 Police 2015 Drink Fined and disqualified from driving for 17 warning  -
staff Driving months Local
Investigation
Resigned
Incite male prior to
8 Special 01 Jan/2015 under 13 NFA misconduct
Constable engage in proceedings -
sexual act Local
Investigation
Written
9 Police 2015 Common Case Dismissed warning  -
Constable Assault Local
Investigation
Assault Dismissed
Police occasioning Community Order for a period of 12 months without
10 Constable 13 Sep/2015 actual which included a two month curfew and order notice -
bodily harm to pay compensation Local
Investigation
Corrupt or Dismissed
other without
11 Police 15 Oct/2015 Improper 255 hours unpaid work in the community and notice -
Constable Exercise of ordered to pay costs Local
Police Investigation
Powers
Corrupt or Dismissed
other without
12 Police 08 Oct/2015 Improper 120 hours unpaid work and pay costs notice -
Constable Exercise of Local
Police Investigation
Powers
Written
13 Police 2015 Drink Fined and disqualified from driving for 18 warning  -
staff Driving months Local
Investigation
Police common No action -
14 Constable 2015 assault by NFA Local
beating Investigation
Assault No action -
15 Police   2015 occasioning NFA Local
staff actual Investigation
bodily harm
Police Sexual No action -
16 Constable 2018 Assault NFA Local
Investigation
Resigned
prior to
17 Police 09 Aug/2016 Theft Case Dismissed misconduct
staff proceedings -
Local
Investigation
Penetrate
Sexually
Police the vagina No action -
18 Constable 2016 / anus of Not Guilty Not Proven Local
another Investigation
without
consent
19 Police   2016 Assault NFA No action -
Sergeant
Dismissed
Police 18 month imprisonment - half the sentence to without
20 Constable 09 Mar/2017 Harassment be served in custody, half on licence notice -
local
investigation
Police Drunk & No action -
21 Sergeant 2017 Disorderly Fixed penalty local
investigation
Dismissed
Police Drink Fined and disqualified from driving for 22 without
22 Constable 20 May/2017 Driving months notice -
local
investigation
Dismissed
Police Drink Fined and disqualified from driving for 25 without
23 Constable 14 Feb/2017 Driving months notice -
local
investigation
Final written
24 Special   2017 Drunk & not applicable warning  -
Constable Disorderly local
investigation
Written
25 Police 2018 Drunk & not applicable warning  -
staff Disorderly local
investigation
Dismissed
Police Drug Fined and disqualified from driving for 12 without
26 Constable 21 Apr/2018 Driving months notice -
local
investigation
Assault
Occasioning Dismissed
Actual Section 20 Assault GBH  -  GUILTY - two & without
27 Police 21 Apr/2018 Bodily half years sentence notice -
Constable Harm, Criminal Damage  - NOT GUILTY local
Criminal investigation
Damage and
Burglary,
Resigned
prior to
28 Police 09 Jul/2018 Drink Fined and disqualified from driving for 12 misconduct
staff Driving months proceedings -
local
investigation
Police DV common No action -
29 Constable 2018 assault NFA local
investigation
Police No action -
30 Constable 2018 S 39 NFA local
investigation
Police Drink No action -
31 Sergeant 2018 Driving Case dismissed local
investigation
Police No action -
32 Constable 2019 Affray NFA local
investigation

 

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Hello.

Many thanks for your response to my FOI request.

However, the format the response was supplied in makes it extremely difficult to extract and understand the disclosures provided. I've copied below the way that it appears and wonder if you can send it over in a more readable format. If it helps, you can also email it to [email address] (I'm not sure if this is down to a problem with whatdotheyknow.com).

Best wishes,

Joanna Morris

(question 4 years in service is from the original start date to the arrest
date)

years offence outcome
URN Rank / in date of arrested on outcome criminal investigation misconduct
Role service arrest suspicion investigation
of
Dismissed
Police Drink Fined and disqualified from driving for 17 without
1 Constable 21 Feb/2015 Driving months notice -
Local
Investigation
Resigned
120 hours unpaid work, disqualified from prior to
2 Police 21 Jun/2015 Drink holding or obtaining a driving licence for 29 misconduct
Constable Driving months and ordered to pay proceedings -
costs Local
Investigation
Assault No action -
3 Police Jan/2015 occasioning NFA Local
Constable actual Investigation
bodily harm
Criminal No action -
4 Police 2015 Damage / NFA Local
Sergeant Breach of Investigation
the Peace
Resigned
prior to
5 Police 00 May/2015 Fraud Simple Caution misconduct
staff proceedings -
Local
Investigation
Resigned
prior to
6 Police 09 Aug/2015 Drunk & not applicable misconduct
staff Disorderly proceedings -
Local
Investigation
Final written
7 Police 2015 Drink Fined and disqualified from driving for 17 warning -
staff Driving months Local
Investigation
Resigned
Incite male prior to
8 Special 01 Jan/2015 under 13 NFA misconduct
Constable engage in proceedings -
sexual act Local
Investigation
Written
9 Police 2015 Common Case Dismissed warning -
Constable Assault Local
Investigation
Assault Dismissed
Police occasioning Community Order for a period of 12 months without
10 Constable 13 Sep/2015 actual which included a two month curfew and order notice -
bodily harm to pay compensation Local
Investigation
Corrupt or Dismissed
other without
11 Police 15 Oct/2015 Improper 255 hours unpaid work in the community and notice -
Constable Exercise of ordered to pay costs Local
Police Investigation
Powers
Corrupt or Dismissed
other without
12 Police 08 Oct/2015 Improper 120 hours unpaid work and pay costs notice -
Constable Exercise of Local
Police Investigation
Powers
Written
13 Police 2015 Drink Fined and disqualified from driving for 18 warning -
staff Driving months Local
Investigation
Police common No action -
14 Constable 2015 assault by NFA Local
beating Investigation
Assault No action -
15 Police 2015 occasioning NFA Local
staff actual Investigation
bodily harm
Police Sexual No action -
16 Constable 2018 Assault NFA Local
Investigation
Resigned
prior to
17 Police 09 Aug/2016 Theft Case Dismissed misconduct
staff proceedings -
Local
Investigation
Penetrate
Sexually
Police the vagina No action -
18 Constable 2016 / anus of Not Guilty Not Proven Local
another Investigation
without
consent
19 Police 2016 Assault NFA No action -
Sergeant
Dismissed
Police 18 month imprisonment - half the sentence to without
20 Constable 09 Mar/2017 Harassment be served in custody, half on licence notice -
local
investigation
Police Drunk & No action -
21 Sergeant 2017 Disorderly Fixed penalty local
investigation
Dismissed
Police Drink Fined and disqualified from driving for 22 without
22 Constable 20 May/2017 Driving months notice -
local
investigation
Dismissed
Police Drink Fined and disqualified from driving for 25 without
23 Constable 14 Feb/2017 Driving months notice -
local
investigation
Final written
24 Special 2017 Drunk & not applicable warning -
Constable Disorderly local
investigation
Written
25 Police 2018 Drunk & not applicable warning -
staff Disorderly local
investigation
Dismissed
Police Drug Fined and disqualified from driving for 12 without
26 Constable 21 Apr/2018 Driving months notice -
local
investigation
Assault
Occasioning Dismissed
Actual Section 20 Assault GBH - GUILTY - two & without
27 Police 21 Apr/2018 Bodily half years sentence notice -
Constable Harm, Criminal Damage - NOT GUILTY local
Criminal investigation
Damage and
Burglary,
Resigned
prior to
28 Police 09 Jul/2018 Drink Fined and disqualified from driving for 12 misconduct
staff Driving months proceedings -
local
investigation
Police DV common No action -
29 Constable 2018 assault NFA local
investigation
Police No action -
30 Constable 2018 S 39 NFA local
investigation
Police Drink No action -
31 Sergeant 2018 Driving Case dismissed local
investigation
Police No action -
32 Constable 2019 Affray NFA local
investigation

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Northumbria Police

Joanna
I think it may be the website, however I've provided a link to our Disclosure Log where the request is published.
Hopefully that will make it clearer - if not please get back to us.

https://beta.northumbria.police.uk/about...

Regards
FOI team

www.northumbria.police.uk | www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk

'Northumbria Police will be outstanding in the service we provide'

'We will do this through protecting the Vulnerable, delivering quality Investigations and applying Problem solving to everything we do to protect the communities we serve.'

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