The Freedom of Information Act provides two main instruments through which the release of information is achieved:
- Creating and maintaining a publication scheme. The purpose of this is to make available a significant proportion of disclosable information routinely available and accessible without waiting for it to be requested. Wherever possible this information will be available on the Constabulary Website, free of charge.
- Providing a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities. Under the terms of the Act, public authorities are required to respond (subject to a range of exemptions) to any individual or organisation anywhere in the World who makes an individual Request for Information.
Making an Individual Request for Information
An individual request for information should be made in writing to:
Freedom of Information
Information Disclosure Unit
Gloucestershire Constabulary Headquarters
Please include the following details to enable us to process your request as quickly as possible:
- A name and address - this may be an e-mail address - for the reply
- A clear description of the information you would like to access.
Requests and Responses
A selection of the requests received by the Constabulary along with the response sent are published on the Disclosure Log . Please check this section to see if a request has previously been received for the information you are seeking.
Section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act places a duty on public authorities to adopt, implement, operate and maintain a publication scheme.
Gloucestershire Constabulary is committed to delivering an open and transparent service whenever possible and it is our intention to publish information in our Publication Scheme that the public have an interest in viewing. However, as we are committed to protecting the communities we serve, preventing and detecting crime, it must be recognised that certain information 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, Gloucestershire Constabulary will, when appropriate, apply reasonable consideration of the exemptions afforded under the Freedom of Information Act, particularly; Section 30 Investigation and proceedings conducted by public authorities, Section 31 Law enforcement and Section 41 Information provided in confidence.
The force is obliged to publish certain classes of information that have been agreed with the Information Commissioner and provide a detailed guide as to how the published information may be accessed and whether a fee is charged.
More information on the Model Publication Scheme can be found on the Information Commissioner’s Office website.
How to Access Published Information
Much of the published information can be accessed free of charge on our web-site by following the links to the Information Classes. If a hard copy is required, in some cases a fee to cover photocopying, printing and postal costs may be charged.
Significant Public Interest
Responsibility for the Scheme
The Head of The Corporate Information Management Bureau (CIMB) has overall responsibility for our Publication Scheme. The person responsible for maintaining and managing the Publication Scheme is the Freedom of Information Officer.
Complaints about the Publication Scheme
If you have any comments or complaints about the Gloucestershire Constabulary Publication Scheme please write to:
Freedom of Information Officer, Corporate Information Management Bureau (CIMB), Gloucestershire Constabulary Police Headquarters, No. 1 Waterwells, Quedgeley, GL2 2AN or email: FOI@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk.
Different bodies might own the copyright of some material contained in our Publication Scheme. Our rights to hold and use such material do not extend to others. You must obtain authorisation from the copyright holder concerned if you wish to copy or reproduce such material.
Material that the Constabulary owns the copyright to can be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium for research, private study or for internal circulation within an organisation. This is subject to the material being reproduced accurately and not being used in a misleading context. If you copy any of the information available through this scheme, or distribute it to others or republish it, you must identify the source of material and acknowledge its copyright status. The Gloucestershire Constabulary crest is also copyrighted and may not be reproduced other than as it appears on copied material.