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Employee Discipline (FOI 4624_14)

Request / Response

1.            How many (a) police officers and (b) police staff were disciplined in 2013 for improper/illegal or inappropriate use of the PNC/Force intelligence data systems?

(a) = 5
(b) = 2

2.            How many related to (i) vehicle data, (ii) personal data or (iii) other data breaches?

All related to improper use of force systems to access personal data

Please provide for each incident a brief description, which should include (1) the month of the incident, (ii) the nature of the offence or breach of force policy, (iii) if the person was an officer or a member or civilian staff and (iv) how the matter was resolved, i.e. written warning, sacked etc.

(i) Month/year of incident

March 2004- July 2009 = 1
2004- September 2012 = 1
2009- September 2012 = 1
2012 = 1
January – February 2013 = 1
January 2011= 1
November 2012- February 2013 = 1

(ii) Nature of Offence/Breach

Misuse of Force systems = 7

(iii) Officer or a member of civilian staff

As Question 1

(iv) How the matter was resolved, i.e. written warning, sacked etc

Dismissed = 5
Final Written warning =1
Management advice = 1

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police website