Under section 19(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, public authorities are required to produce a Publication Scheme.
The scheme sets out:
- The classes of information we hold
- The manners in which we intend to publish the information
- Whether a charge will be made for it
The Information Commissioner's Office in consultation with the National Police Chief's Council (NPCC) has issued a 'Classes of Information' definition document for a new Model Publication Scheme for all 44 police services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The primary purpose of our scheme is to ensure that a significant amount of information on policing is readily available to the public. We are committed to delivering an open and transparent service and it is our intention to publish information in our Publication Scheme that the public may have an interest in viewing. Our scheme will be subjected to regular updating and periodic review to ensure that the published information remains current and relevant.
However, as we are committed to protecting the communities we serve, and preventing and detecting crime, 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, we will, when appropriate, apply reasonable consideration of the exemptions afforded under the Freedom of Information Act. Data Protection and Human Rights legislation may also prevent us from releasing certain classes of information.
While we do not normally charge for information we provide through the Publication Scheme, the information in the Publication Scheme will be free of charge unless we consider the cost to be excessive. Any charges made will be in line with the guidance issued by the Information Commissioner's Office.
We are committed to providing equal access to information for everyone. Information will be made available on request in alternative formats, such as Braille, large print and in other languages for those not fluent in English.