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Freedom of information

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives individuals the right of access to all recorded information we hold, subject to a range of exemptions.

We follow the processes and guidelines laid out in the Authorised Professional Practice when responding to FOI requests.

Disclosure log

Before submitting a request you may wish to review the FOI Disclosure log to see if similar requests have already requested and published disclosure log.

Published Data

You may also like to review the following information that is already published under the following links

Personal Data

If you require personal data about yourself, then please visit the Subject Access Request page page Subject access request – North Yorkshire Police | North Yorkshire Police

How do I make a Freedom of Information request?

If you still wish to make a request, please consider the following when writing your request.

Requests:

  • Must be made in writing.
  • Must clearly describe the information being sought.
  • Can be made from anywhere in the world.
  • Can be made by an individual or an organisation.
  • Can be made by letter, fax or email.
  • Must be legible.
  • Must contain the name of the applicant and a return address.

Requests do not:

  • Have to be written on a special form.
  • Need to mention the Act.
  • Need to refer to ‘Freedom of Information’ in any way.

Tips:

  1. Ensure you include a relevant time frame, which will help with any searches.
  2. Be specific by identifying the exact information your require.
  3. When requesting general statistics please state whether you are looking for incidents or crimes.
  4. If you know the relevant crime categories or offences then please state them in your request.  The following link may assist.  Offence classification index (publishing.service.gov.uk).

Please note, if there are no specific recordable crimes/offences e.g. sightings of ‘big cats’ then we are unable to provide any data without a manual read.  Therefore, you may wish to suggest a free text search within the MO / Incident field.  However, this will be reliant upon the actual word being recorded within the field.

If any information concerns police investigations we will in most cases, seek to apply an exemption to prevent the release of information concerning investigations when requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Requests made to North Yorkshire Police under the Freedom of Information Act should be sent to:

Civil Disclosure Unit,
North Yorkshire Police, Alverton Court,
Crosby Road, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 1BF
Email: CivilDisclosure@northyorkshire.police.uk

FOI Action Plan and Statistics:

North Yorkshire Police have developed an FOI Action Plan to assist in the process of FOIs received within the force, see below.

The number of FOIs received and processed, along with compliance levels, can also be reviewed below.

Performance stats April.xlsx (npcc.police.uk)

FOI Action Plan 2021[pdf]