The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides public access to information held by public authorities, including the Police and Crime Commissioner.

It does this in two ways:

  • public authorities are obliged to publish specified information about their activities;  and
  • members of the public are entitled to request information from public authorities.

The Act covers any recorded information that is held by a public authority. Recorded information includes printed documents, computer files, letters, emails, photographs, and sound or video recordings. Some information may be withheld if it is exempt information. However, a requester can appeal both to the authority and the Information Commissioner’s Office.

To make an FOI request, please email [email protected]

The Act does not give people access to their own personal data (information about themselves). If a member of the public wants to see information that a public authority holds about them, they should make a subject access request under the Data Protection Act 1998.

FOI Internal Review Process

Publication Strategies 

Sir Cliff Richard OBE v (1) The BBC and (2) The Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police Publication Strategy

Fracking Publication Strategy

COVID-19 Publication Strategy

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, public authorities have to produce a Publication Scheme.  The Publication Scheme commits us to make information available to the public as part of our normal business activities.

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Publication Scheme

To view previous Freedom of Information responses view Publications