Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities. The Act sets out some exemptions to this right and also places a number of obligations on public authorities about the way in which they provide information. Subject to the exemptions anyone making a request has the right to be told whether information exists and the right to receive the information. You can read the act here.

How to obtain information


Please be aware that legally FOI cannot be used for requesting your own personal information. Such requests made to FOI will be refused.

To request their personal information people must make a subject access request under the Data Protection Act, and not through FOI. You can find out more here: The right of access.

Other rights of access, including requesting information for Civil Proceedings, for insurance purposes or for police certificates (emigration, visas and residency)  can be found on this page

If your query relates to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), formally Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), please visit

General crime statistics are  available on and conviction data are held by the Ministry of Justice. Other information is available within West Midland Police’s Publication Scheme.

If the information is not already available you can make a request by contacting us.

Freedom of Information Unit
West Midlands Police
PO Box 52, Lloyd House
Colmore Circus Queensway
B4 6NQ

Tel: 101 Extension: 801 2068

When requesting information please include the following details:

  • Your name and address (an email address is sufficient)
  • The information or documents you would like to access
  • The way you would like the information to be sent to you (e.g. hard copy, via e-mail)

We aim to provide the information within 20 working days.

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