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Freedom of Information

This page provides details of the Freedom of Information Act and how Staffordshire Police act in accordance with the legislation set out in it. The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act was implemented on January 1, 2005 and covers all information held by public authorities.

FOI 2016 GraphThe purpose of the Act is to make bodies such as the police service more accountable to those that fund them and to make public authorities more transparent to the general public.

There is an obligation for publicly funded bodies to consider requests for information and to provide a response under the terms of the legislation. There is a presumption of disclosure unless the authority can demonstrate the harm in release.

Click here to view the number of Freedom of Information requests the force has received. To make a request yourself please click here.

Or, if you're a supplier and interested in information with regards to supplying Staffordshire Police, please see Procurement for further details.

Click here for further information on how to make a valid FOI request.

 

 

Freedom of Information Act Key Points

Under the Act, public authorities are obliged to make information available through the implementation of two key tools:

  • Offering a general right of access to members of the public who wish to submit a Freedom of Information request.
  • The publication of certain types of information as directed by the Information Commissioner. This Model Publication Scheme, which includes details of Staffordshire Police's aims, priorities, structure, budgets, expenses, key personnel, procedures and services provided can be found in Classes of Information. A summary of the information and where to find it can be found in the Guide to Published Information.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, a public authority must consider all requests for recorded information it receives and must:

  • Inform the applicant whether the information is held.
  • Supply the requested information subject to the application of exemptions contained within the Act.

This general right of access is available to anybody anywhere in the world.

The Freedom of Information Act covers all information held in a recorded format. The deadline for a public authority to respond to requests is 20 working days, although there are some circumstances where this may be extended under the terms of the legislation.

Staffordshire Police is committed to disclosing as much information as possible under the Freedom of Information Act, subject to the application of exemptions contained within the Act.

Staffordshire Police's Approach to the Freedom of Information Act

Staffordshire Police is committed to delivering an open and transparent service whenever possible and it is our intention to publish information on our publication scheme that the public has an interest in viewing.

Although Staffordshire Police is obliged to review all Freedom of Information requests on a case-by-case basis, sensitive information- such as ongoing investigations, intelligence and the use of related operational techniques must be protected. Staffordshire Police will, when appropriate, apply reasonable consideration to the use of key exemptions.

Staffordshire Police follows the processes and guidance laid out in the Association of Chief Police Officers' National Manual of Guidance for the Police Service.

How to Obtain a Freedom of Information Request from Staffordshire Police

Computer within a ComputerFor a request to be valid under the Freedom of Information Act, the following criteria must be met:

  • The request must be made in writing.
  • Must contain the name of the applicant.
  • It can be made by email or letter.
  • It must contain a return address (this can be an email address).
  • It must clearly describe the information being sought.
  • It must be legible.

For an FOI Request to be valid it MUST NOT be about yourself or another individual.

For your personal information that may be held by Staffordshire Police you must use Subject Access.

Staffordshire Police is under a duty to provide advice and assistance to anyone seeking information.

Contact Details

You can make an FOI request online by clicking here

To make a request by letter, write to:

Central Disclosure Unit (Freedom of Information Team)
Staffordshire Police Headquarters
PO Box 3167
Stafford
ST16 9JZ

Appeals and Reviews

Internal reviews: if as a result of our response to an individual's Freedom of Information (FOI) request, the requestor is unhappy with the response, the requestor may ask that we review our response. To that aim we have set out our Appeals Procedure.

Please note that if you are requesting details of information held ABOUT YOURSELF by Staffordshire Police (ie. your personal data) this will again be handled by the Information Assurance Team for consideration under the Data Protection Act.

For personal information you must use Subject Access.

They will send you a Subject Access Application Form [186KB] . For this process and you will be required to show two forms of identification.