Data protection legislation gives you the right to see personal information we hold about you. This is known as 'subject access'.
There are some exemptions to this right, but generally anyone making a request has the right to know whether we hold information about them and what this consists of.
The legislation also places a number of obligations on us about how we provide this information, and gives us a duty to provide advice or assistance to anyone seeking information (for example in order to explain what is readily available or to clarify what is wanted).
The legislation is enforced by the Information Commissioner, which regulates the Freedom of Information and Data Protection. More information can be found at the Information Commissioner's Office.
The legislation requires us to respond to requests within 30 days.
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.
If you are going abroad and require a Police Certificate, or if you are going abroad to work with children, you should be asked to provide an International Child Protection Certificate.