Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) gives a general right of access to recorded information held by public authorities, provides exemptions from that right and places a number of obligations on those authorities. You can find out more about the FOIA here.
We want to be open and honest, and have a high level of public trust in us. This is helped by providing information directly through our publication scheme, and us responding to FOI requests.
What information is not available under FOI?
You will not be able to request information:
- about yourself
- about third parties
- about your police record
- to access legal aid
- for employment purposes
- for civil proceedings
- for insurance requests
- in relation to police certificates for the purpose of emigration, visas and residency
If you want to make a request on any of the above, click on the links or visit our main website.
What information is already available?
Published responses to FOI requests can be found on our FOI Disclosure Log
Our Publication Scheme provides information about us, in relation to:
- Who we are and what we do
- What we spend and how we spend it
- What our priorities are and how we are doing
- How we make decisions
- Policies and procedures
- Lists and registers
- The services we offer
Our Proactive Publication provides further information not covered by the classes of information in the Publication Scheme above.
Additionally, you can find crime statistics by visiting:
I still can’t find what I’m looking for. How do I make a FOI request?
You should submit your request in writing by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also write to us at:Freedom of Information Unit West Midlands Police
Colmore Circus Queensway
You should include:
- your real name
- a return email or postal address
- the information or documents you want to access
- the time period that the request covers
We aim to respond to all requests within 20 working days.
What if I am dissatisfied with the response to, or handling of my FOI request?
Please see our FOI Reviews and Appeals page here