Freedom of Information Act

This section contains our guide to published information under the Model Publication Scheme

Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information

Cleveland Police is currently undergoing restructure across all Force areas. This means some requests and information may be delayed or outdated. We are currently in the process of updating the website to reflect all changes and to make sure all data is accurate.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, sets out exemptions from that right and places a number of obligations on public authorities. Any person who makes a request to a public authority for information must be informed whether the public authority holds that information and, subject to exemptions, supplied with that information.

Individuals already have the right of access to information about themselves under the Data Protection Act 1998. As far as public authorities are concerned, the Freedom of Information Act extends this right to allow public access to all types of information held. This individual right of access to information came into effect on 1st January 2005.

As of 1st January 2009 the Information Commissioner has introduced a new model Publication Scheme that applies to all public authorities and requires us to produce and maintain a publication scheme setting out specific classes of information. The purpose of a scheme is to ensure a significant amount of information is available, without the need for a specific request. Schemes are intended to encourage organisations to publish more information pro-actively and to develop a greater culture of openness.

The Information Commissioner has also published a series of Definition Documents specific to each sector.

The Cleveland Police Publication Scheme is designed to inform members of the public of the classes of information that we publish or intend to publish, the format and manner in which the information is published and whether a charge is made for the information.

This Publication Scheme is in the process of being compiled and if there is anything that you require under the FOI publication scheme that is not currently available on the website, please contact the FOI Team via email at foi@cleveland.pnn.police.uk

Operation Sacristy – FOI Publication Scheme

Cleveland Police Authority and Cleveland Police are involved in ongoing conduct and criminal investigations currently being undertaken by police officers under the command of Keith Bristow, Director General of the National Crime Agency, ‘into a number of people with current or past associations with Cleveland Police Authority and the manner in which the Authority may have conducted some of its business’. 

Cleveland Police has set up a publication scheme specifically for Freedom of Information requests relating to Operation Sacristy. Information will be published on the dates detailed within the scheme (and at latest by 14th March 2014), therefore an exemption under Section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act will apply. The publication scheme will be reviewed monthly to ensure that it remains appropriate and fit for purpose.

 

Types of information

Publication strategy

Information about contracts under investigation that the Force holds

At the conclusion of the criminal investigation, and any subsequent criminal legal process, if any, that may follow.

Details of expenditure the Force holds for individuals concerned in the investigation

At the conclusion of the criminal investigation and any subsequent criminal legal process, if any, that may follow.

Information about assets that the Force holds that may form part of the criminal investigation

At the conclusion of the criminal investigation and any subsequent criminal legal process, if any, that may follow.

Information about potential conduct issues held by the Force about individuals concerned in the investigation.

At the conclusion of the criminal investigation and any subsequent criminal legal process, if any, that may follow.

The publication scheme relates solely to the information held by Cleveland Police.

 

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