This provides individuals the right of access to all information held by Staffordshire Police, subject to a range of exemptions.
Information disclosed under Freedom of Information is released into the public domain and not just to applicant.
Staffordshire Police is obliged to publish certain information that are agreed with the Information Commissioner and provide a detailed guide as to how the published information may be accessed.
These are called Classes of Information and include:
- Who we are and what we do
- What we spend and how we spend it
- What our priorities are and how we are doing
- How we make decisions
- Our policies and procedures
- Lists and registers
- Services provided by the Police Force
- How to obtain information from Staffordshire Police ( including subject access, travel/visa and employment purposes)
In addition, Staffordshire Police has proactively published a large amount of information on this website already through its extensive logs of previous Freedom of Information requests.
Before applying for a Freedom of Information request, please look through the information provided on this website to see if your question can be answered. If your question is still not answered, you may wish to submit a Freedom of Information request.
Please also note that Freedom of Information requests that relate specifically to the applicant, i.e. personal data, is automatically exempt under the Freedom of Information Act and will become a Subject Access Request under the Data Protection Act 1998.
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act was implemented on January 1, 2005 and covers all information held by public authorities.
How to obtain information under the Freedom of Information Act
In providing this information Staffordshire Police is following the legally approved Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) model publication scheme.
The Data Protection Act 1998 came into being on 1 March 2000 and works in two ways. It gives individuals certain rights to access their information. It also says those who record and use personal information must be open about how the information is used and must follow the eight principles of 'good information handling'.
Details of any information that will be subject to charges
FOI Act statistics for Staffordshire Police