Freedom of Information (FOI)
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) allows any person or organisation anywhere in the world the right of access (subject to exemptions) to any recorded information held by public authorities.
For a request to be valid in must be in writing, include a name and address (this can be just an email address) and as clearly as possible state what information is required.
The intention of the Act is to encourage a spirit of openness and transparency within Public Authorities. Devon and Cornwall Police fully supports this aim. However, in order to protect sensitive material, exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act may prevent some information from being released. Where this happens we will clearly show where information has not been provided and the reasons for it.
The Freedom of Information legislation cannot be used to obtain personal information regarding yourself or records of an incident personal to you.
This type of information is dealt with in the Subject Access provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998. Please select here to access the Subject Access documents and for further details.
The Act is enforced by the Information Commissioner (the "Commissioner"), a post that combines regulation of both the Freedom of Information and Data Protection Acts.