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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.

Classes of information

You can view our classes of information by selecting from the list below.

  • Read information about about our organisation, structures, locations and contact details.

    Who we are and what we do
  • Read our financial information including expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit.

    What we spend and how we spend it
  • Read information about our strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews.

    What our priorities are and how we are doing
  • View information in respect of our decision making processes and our records of decisions.

    How we make decisions
  • Provides information in respect of maintained registers as defined by law and registers relating to our functions.

    Lists and registers
  • Information about the services provided by the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

    Services provided by the Police Service of Northern Ireland
  • Police Service of Northern Ireland policy contributes to confidence amongst communities and partners of our commitment to service delivery through accountability, collaboration, fairness, courtesy, respect and ultimately Keeping People Safe.

    Corporate policy
  • The Chief Constable's most recent Annual Report and previous years annual reports.

    Chief Constable's Annual Report