Introduction to the Scheme
Devon and Cornwall Police is committed to delivering an open and transparent service whenever possible and it is our intention to publish information within our Publication Scheme that the public have an interest in. The Force aim is to work in partnership to bring about safer communities, reduce disorder, crime and the fear of crime and contribute to the delivery of justice, all in a way which secures and maintains public confidence. However, it must be recognised that certain information, in the public interest, should not be disclosed. Information concerning ongoing investigations, investigative methods, intelligence and the use of related operational techniques must be protected. They are central to the maintenance of a safe and just society. In this respect Devon and Cornwall Police will, when appropriate and after reasonable consideration, apply exemptions afforded under the Freedom of Information Act.
Responsibility for the Scheme
The Head of Information Management has overall responsibility for our Publication Scheme. The person responsible for maintaining and managing the Publication Scheme is the Freedom of Information Officer.
Availability of this Scheme in other formats
If you wish to obtain a free hard copy of our Publication Scheme please contact the Freedom of Information Officer. On request we will also provide copies of our Publication Scheme in other languages, in Braille or on audiocassette. Specific documents may also be inspected at any police station in the Force area by arrangement with the Freedom of Information Officer.
There will be no charge for viewing information on our web site or for inspecting documents. However, where information has to be specifically photocopied, a pricing structure to cover the cost of the photocopying will apply where significant amounts of photocopying are requested.
Different bodies might own the copyright of some material contained in our Publication Scheme. Our rights to hold and use such material do not extend to others. You must obtain authorisation from the copyright holder concerned if you wish to copy or reproduce such material.
Material that the Force owns the copyright to can be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium for research, private study or for internal circulation within an organisation. This is subject to the material being reproduced accurately and not being used in a misleading context. If you copy any of the information available through this scheme, or distribute it to others or republish it, you must identify the source of material and acknowledge its copyright status. The Devon and Cornwall Police crest is also copyrighted and may not be reproduced other than as it appears on copied material.
Explaining the Scheme
As of 1st January 2009 the Information Commissioner has introduced a new model Publication Scheme that applies to all public authorities. The scheme can be found on the Commissioner's website.
How to Access Published Information
Much of the published information can be accessed on our web-site by selecting the links contained in the Guide. Where information is historical, or is in an extremely large document it will be made available by contacting the Force as shown in the Guide. The contact point will provide the information by email or a paper copy by post. In some cases, a fee to cover photocopying and postal costs may be charged. Alternatively, arrangements could be made to view the information at a local police station.
As a large organisation we often use abbreviations. In order to assist the reader in interpreting some of these Police terms and acronyms, an explanatory abbreviation list can be found here.
General Enquiries about the Publication Scheme
If you have any general questions about the format or running of the publication scheme please email: FOI.
The Guide to Published Information
It is a requirement of the model Scheme that public authorities publish a guide to direct the public to how and where information is published or made available, including whether a fee is charged. The Devon and Cornwall Police Freedom of Information Publication Scheme is broken down into the following categories.
For direct links to specific information please see our Guide to Published Information.
- Who we are and what we do
Information within this section details our organisational information, structure, location and contacts.
- What we spend and how we spend it
Information within this section details financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit.
Information within this section will also include Chief Officer expenses; any evaluations of police resources; financial regulation information; and the funding of Community Support Officers
- What our priorities are and How we are doing
Information within this section would include strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews.
Devon and Cornwall Police’s Local Policing Plan is drawn up in conjunction with the Devon and Cornwall Police Crime Commissioner, and as such a copy of the Local Policing Plan can be found on both organisations websites.
This class also includes statistical information that details the performance of the Force, along with statistical information that is used for management decisions.
- How We Make Decisions
Information within this section details the Forces’s decision-making processes and the recording of decisions.
- Policies and Procedures
Information within this section will include all current written policies and procedures for delivering our services and responsibilities. Some documents may contain details that are not suitable for disclosure, and are therefore closed under the Freedom of Information Act in part. All such closed sections are specific detailed within individual policies.
- Lists and registers
Information within this section is information contained only within current lists and registers. This section will also contain a current copy of the force business interests register, along with the force hospitality and gifts register. This section also contains the Freedom of Information disclosure log, which details information previously disclosed under the Act and that is seen to be of significant public interest.
- Services provided by the police Force
Information within this section details the services provided by the Force. This includes any relevant leaflets, guidance and newsletters produced for the public and businesses within the Force community.