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.
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.
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