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Freedom of Information Guidelines

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE POLICE & CRIME COMMISSIONER MAY NOT HOLD INFORMATION RELATING DIRECTLY TO CLEVELAND POLICE OPERATIONS AND ACTIVITIES AND THEREFORE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO ANSWER YOUR QUERY.

IF A QUERY IS FORCE RELATED, WE REQUEST THAT YOU VIEW THE CLEVELAND POLICE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION DISCLOSURE LOG AND THEIR FOI GUIDELINES BEFORE SUBMITTING A REQUEST TO THE COMMISSIONER.

 


 

Freedom of Information Log

Before considering a Freedom of Information (FOI) request of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, please consult our list of previous requests and responses to discover if the information has already been provided.

This list can be found on the Freedom of Information Log page.

If you still require to submit an FOI Request, please follow the guidelines below.

 

 

What is the Freedom Of Information Act 2000?

Any person or organisation has the right to request any information from the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) that the Office of the PCC holds, subject to the exemptions listed in the Act. The Act intends to promote a culture of openness and accountability and therefore facilitate better understanding of how the PCC (and other organisations) carry out their duties, why we make the decisions we make and how we spend public money.

 If the information you want is not already available on this website you may make a specific request for information and we will deal with it in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. To make a request please put your request in writing or via email to the Office of the PCC for Cleveland (see contact details below). You need to include a name and address for correspondence, and the information you require in as much detail as you can offer.

 

Timescale

The Office of the PCC will normally be required to respond to your request within 20 working days from the date of receipt. However, this can be extended in certain circumstances.

 

Exemptions

The Office of the PCC must supply the information you have requested (if we hold it) within the timescale previously stated unless an exemption applies. An exemption may either permit the Office of the PCC to withhold some or all of the information. If an exemption applies, we may take more time to consider your request. In either case you will be kept informed.  

 

Charges

There is no charge for searching for information. However if the staff time involved to search, identify and retrieve the information exceeds £450, we can refuse the request. We can also make a nominal charge for disbursements (e.g. photocopying required to complete the request). If a charge for searching for information is payable we will advise you but the information you have requested will not be supplied until that fee is paid.

 

Other Legislation

If you make a request for information relating to yourself it will be dealt with under the Data Protection Act 1998 and you will be advised accordingly.  

 

Advice and Assistance

The Office of the PCC has a duty to provide advice and assist to help you obtain information from the PCC. This could be in the form of

  • Providing help and assistance if you are visually impaired
  • Arranging assistance in interpreting information into other languages where practically reasonable
  • In exceptional circumstances noting down the request for you and obtaining your confirmation of the details
  • Referring you to other agencies for help such as the Citizens Advice Bureau

If the PCC does not hold the information requested but believes that some or all of the information is held by another public authority we will either provide you with the contact details of the other public authority or transfer your request to them with your consent

 

Contacting the PCC

If you require any advice or assistance please contact:

Office Manager
Office of the PCC for Cleveland
Cleveland Police Headquarters
Ladgate Lane
Middlesbrough
TS8 9EH

Email: pcc.foi@cleveland.pnn.police.uk

Telephone: 01642 301623 (for FOI queries)

 

 
 
 
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