Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act was introduced to give the public greater access to information, in relation to the workings of government and public bodies. Ensuring a more open and transparent public authority, with greater accountability.

The Act gives a general right of access of all information recorded by the Constabulary, sets out the relevant exemptions that can be applied and places a number of obligations on public authorities.

The Act encourages public authorities to effectively manage their information, to ensure accurate and efficient disclosure of information, both proactively onto the Publication Scheme and after a request is received, subject to the application of exemptions.

Any individual can make a request for information under the Act and there are two specific related rights to individuals making a request for information:

  • The right to be told whether the information exists
  • The right to receive the information

The above rights are subject to the application of relevant exemptions, which can remove the right of the Constabulary to provide the data. Further information regarding exemptions can be found within the College of Policing’s Authorised Professional Practice (APP). 

Personal Data Requests

Requests for personal information will not be dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act.

Requests for personal data held on Constabulary systems are dealt with under Section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998. Further details regarding the Subject Access process can be found within the Data Protection area. 

If none of the above applies, please submit a Freedom of Information request.