Please be advised that due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus, the force has less capacity to respond to FOI Requests.
Whilst we will endeavour, as always, to respond to requests as quickly as possible, there will be significant change in the service we are able to provide over the coming weeks and compliance with statutory deadlines is likely to be affected. We apologise for this and would ask those who wish to make freedom of Information request to consider submitting them at a later date to allow WMP to concentrate as much resource on responding to this emergency.
Your patience at this time would be greatly appreciated, and we would encourage you to please consult our Disclosure Log and published statistical data in the first instance prior to submitting a request for information.
Freedom of Information requests relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
If you are requesting information held by WMP in connection with Coronavirus (COVID-19).
It is likely that the information will be exempt under Section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (Information intended for future publication), in line with the National Policing Publication Strategy – Operation Talla.
Further details can be found on the NPCC website https://www.npcc.police.uk/COVID%2019/Operation%20Talla%20Publication%20Strategy%2025032020.pdf
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.
If your query relates to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), formally Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), please visit www.gov.uk/criminal-record-checks-apply-role
If the information is not already available you can make a request by contacting us.
PLEASE NOTE – DUE TO COVID-19 OUR OFFICES ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED, WE ARE UNABLE TO RECEIVE POSTAL REQUESTS, PLEASE USE THE EMAIL ADDRESS BELOW FOR CORRESPONDENCE AT THIS TIME.
Freedom of Information Unit
West Midlands Police
PO Box 52, Lloyd House
Colmore Circus Queensway
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.