Information Sharing Agreements (ISA)

Devon and Cornwall Police work with a number of partner agencies to jointly tackle issues relating to policing, crime and anti-social behaviour, supported by NPCC guidance on the Management of Police Information (MOPI).


Devon and Cornwall Police will share information based on the following hierarchy of legal powers; A legal duty or obligation to disclose (eg Children's Act & Criminal Justice Act 2003), a power to disclose under statute law (eg Crime & Disorder Act 1998, Housing Acts etc), or by the application of Common Law.

Whilst accepting the principles of the Human Rights Act 1998, and specifically Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights, the Force will work in partnership with our partner agencies to ensure that information will be made available to partners in the least intrusive format to identify emerging issues, monitor joint performance or jointly tackle individual behaviour.

INFORMATION: The sharing of information with partner agencies is controlled in accordance with the Force Information Sharing Protocols or Agreements.

IMAGES/PHOTOGRAPHS: Additionally, in specific cases or within some Information Sharing Protocols or Agreements the Force will provide copies of police owned images to assist the detection of offences (eg Breach of ASBO) or to support joint action (eg ShopWatch/PubWatch etc).

Data Protection reform 2018

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC will apply in the UK from 25 May 2018.

The Law Enforcement Directive 2016/680 (LED) for the processing by competent authorities of personal data for the purposes of the prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences or the execution of criminal penalties is due to be implemented by 6 May 2018. This is currently being transposed into UK law with the expectation it will receive Royal assent on 6 March 2018.

Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police operate in an Alliance for our Information Management functions. It is acknowledged that the Information Sharing Agreements which have been written by Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police will continue to refer to the Data Protection Act 1998 until GDPR and LED are implemented. We are actively working on our Information Sharing Agreements and we are communicating with signatory organisations to prepare for the forthcoming changes.

The Information Sharing Agreements are currently under review and updated versions of these documents will be uploaded in the near future. Please direct any queries to the Information Sharing email stating that your enquiry concerns information sharing.


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