Handling requests for information

How do I get the information that I want from Northumbria Police?

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 was implemented on 1 January 2005. The Act aims to make organisations such as the Police Service more accountable to the public, to give a better understanding of how public authorities carry out their duties, why they make the decisions they do and how they spend public money.

Under the FOIA, public authorities have a duty to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme.

The Information Commissioner has introduced a new Model Publication Scheme that applies to all public authorities as of 1 January 2009. For information regarding the Information Commissioner’s Office Model Publication Scheme please follow the attached link:
Definition document for the Model Publication Scheme for police forces

The Model Scheme includes a commitment from the public authority to:

  • To proactively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information, including environmental information, which is held by the authority and falls within the classifications below.
  • To specify the information held by the authority that falls within the classifications below.
  • To proactively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information in line with the statements contained within this scheme.
  • To produce and publish the methods by which the specific information is made routinely available so that it can be easily identified and accessed by members of the public.
  • To review and update on a regular basis the information the authority makes available under this Scheme.
  • To produce a schedule of any fees charged for access to information which is made proactively available.
  • To make this Publication Scheme available to the public.

The Information Commissioner has also published a series of definition documents specific to each public sector. The following link will provide information regarding the Police Sector Definition document:

Definition document for the Model Publication Scheme for police forces

This document provides guidance to police forces as to the type of information they should consider publishing. Some police forces may not hold all the information listed in the guidance and there is no obligation under the new scheme to create information that is not already held. This may lead to variations in published information between forces.

The guide to published information.

Northumbria Police are committed to delivering an open and transparent service and it is our intention to publish information in our Publication Scheme that the public have an interest in viewing.

The Guide to Published information has been designed to let you know what information and publications are currently available from Northumbria Police.

Please see the attached ‘Guide to Published Information’. This document identifies where information is available on the website and provides a link to direct you to the correct page on the website.

If you have any queries about the publication scheme please contact the Freedom of Information team on 101 ext 49441 / 49445 or 49446.

Where the information is available online a hypertext link will direct you to the correct page on the website.  Where no online version is available, you should apply in writing to:

Disclosure Section Northumbria Police 4th Floor Cobalt Business Exchange Cobalt Business Way Newcastle upon Tyne NE28 9NZ

Or alternatively email:

When requesting information please include the following details:

  • Your name and address.
  • The information or documents you would like to access.
  • The way you would like the information to be sent to you (e.g. hard copy, via email).
  • Contact telephone number. This is optional but may be helpful if we need to clarify your request for information.
  • While specific mention of the Freedom of Information Act in a request is not a requirement of the Act, doing so will provide absolute clarity on receipt of a request.

Depending on the nature of your request a fee may be payable.

In order to ensure that public interest issues are fully considered, all applications for information will be considered on a case by case basis in accordance with the requirements of the Act.

Please note that under the Freedom of Information Act we have 20 working days to respond to your request for information.

Dated: 01 May 2012