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.
Normally, 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.
To make a request for information from the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, please email us.
The minimum standards for responding to Freedom of Information requests are defined in Freedom of Information Act legislation. Details can be found on the Information Commissioner’s website.
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 will extend this right to allow public access to all types of information held, subject again to exemption. This individual right of access to information came into effect on 1st January 2005.
Each OPCC/OPFCC is required to adopt and maintain a publication scheme setting out the classes of information it holds, the manner in which it intends to publish the information, and whether a charge will be made for the information.
The purpose of this 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.
All such information required by the Elected Local Policing Bodies (Specified Information) Order 2011 which can be found here.
The Act will be enforced by the Information Commissioner, a post that combines regulation of both the Freedom of Information and Data Protection Acts.
Fire and Rescue Service - Freedom of Information Requests
Details of Freedom of Information requests regarding the Fire and Rescue Service received by the Office of the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Rescue can be found here.
For request received by the Fire and Rescue Service, click here
Subject Access Requests
The Subject Access Provisions of the Data Protection Act give an individual the right to have a copy of any personal data held on them.
Section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998 states that a ‘data subject’ (the person about whom the personal data refers) is entitled, upon written request, to be informed whether or not personal data is held or processed about them.
This document explains how The Office of the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (OPFCC) obtains, holds, uses and discloses information about people (their personal data), the steps we take to ensure that it is protected, and also describes the rights individuals have in regard to their personal data handled by the OPFCC.