We are committed to openness and transparency.
We already publish a great deal of information about ourselves, such as financial information, performance statistics and policies and procedures elsewhere on this website in accordance to the police publication scheme.
Our publication scheme sets out what information we hold, how we publish it, and what we may charge for this information. The purpose of this is to make a significant amount of information available without the public having to request it.
However, it may be that the information you require is not available. In those cases you have the right to request information from us.
Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives you the right to access to all types of recorded information held by public bodies. It places a number of obligations on those public bodies, as well as setting out what types of information may or may not be disclosed.
The Act is enforced by the Information Commissioner, which regulates the Freedom of Information and Data Protection Acts. More information can be found at the Information Commissioner's Office.
Where to find information
You can make a request by email or post. Please note that for some types of information we may charge a fee.
Please include the following details:
Please note that due to an unprecedented number of requests being received into the Force Disclosure Unit, for the foreseeable future requests are now being triaged and addressed in the following order; disclosures required by the Family Court, Subject Access requests and FOI requests. We will also continue to respond to Legal Aid requests. Every effort will be made to meet our statutory timescales for responses, and we ask for your understanding.
We aim to provide the information within 20 working days as required by the Freedom of Information Act.
You can make a freedom of information request by emailing email@example.com
Or you can write to us at:
Force Disclosure Unit