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Do you have a question about policing or the law? You may be able to find the answer here.

Through our frequently asked questions section we aim to help you find the answers you need without having to call us to ask for information. We've provided answers to questions on a range of topics which are regularly asked of police forces up and down the country.

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The Freedom of Information Act 2000 creates new rights of access to information. It creates a statutory right of access and provides for a more extensive scheme for making information publicly available and covers a much wider range of public authorities including local government, National Health Service bodies, schools and colleges, the police and other public bodies and offices.

It permits members of the public to apply for access to documents, or copies of documents with regards to all types of information.

The Act: -

  • provides a right of access to recorded information held by public authorities;
  • creates exemptions from the duty to disclose information; and
  • establishes the arrangements for enforcement and appeal.

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