Freedom of Information

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 any person or organisation has the right to request any information held by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), subject to the exemptions listed in the Act.

The Act intends to promote a culture of openness and accountability and therefore facilitate better understanding of how the OPCC (and other organisations) carry out their duties, why we make the decisions we make and how we spend public money. 

Before Making a Request

Before you make a request for information please consider whether or not the information you are looking for is already available on our website, particularly within the Publication Scheme section. The Elected Local Policing Bodies (Specified Information) Order 2011 (as amended) sets out a number of information publication requirements that are placed on Police and Crime Commissioners.

It is also advisable to check our FOI Disclosure Log which provides details of responses already issued to previous FOI requests and which may provide the information that you are seeking.

If the information you want is not already available on this website then you may wish to make a specific request for information and we will then deal with it in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 

Making an FOI Request

The easiest way to make a request is to visit the Make a Freedom of Information request page and fill in the form. Alternatively, you can write to us using the details contained within the Contact Us section of the website.

Please include a name and address for correspondence, and as much detail as possible about the information that you require. 


All FOI requests will be allocated a specific reference number and responded to as promptly as possible. Under the terms of the Act we will normally be required to respond fully to your request within 20 working days of the date of receipt. However, this can be extended in certain circumstances. 


The OPCC must supply the information that you have requested (if we hold it) and within the timescales stated above, unless an exemption applies. An exemption may either permit the OPCC to withhold some or all of the information requested. If an exemption applies, then the OPCC may also take more time to consider and respond to your request. In either case, you will be kept informed.


There is no charge for searching for information. However if the staff time involved to search, identify and retrieve the requested information exceeds £450.00, then a charge can be made or we can refuse the request. We can make a nominal charge for disbursements e.g. photocopying at 10 pence per A4 sheet. If a charge for searching for information is payable we will advise you and the information you have requested will not be supplied until that fee is paid. 

Other Legislation

If you make a request for information relating to yourself then this will be handled under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998 and you will be advised accordingly.

Advice and Assistance

The OPCC has a duty to provide advice and assistance in order to help you obtain information from us. This could include the following:

  • Providing help and assistance if you are visually impaired
  • Arranging assistance in interpreting information into other languages where practical and reasonable
  • In exceptional circumstances, noting down the request for you and obtaining your confirmation of the details
  • Referring you to other agencies for help, such as the Citizens Advice Bureau


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