Your Right to Information

FAQs

 

What is the purpose of the Freedom of Information Act?

 

To give the public greater access to information about the workings of government and public bodies.


What rights does the Act create?

 

Web Link The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives two related rights:

 

  • The right to be told whether the information exists, and
  • The right to receive the information (subject to exemptions).

 

When did the Act come into force?

 

The Individual Right of Access came into effect on 1st January 2005.


What sort of information is covered?

 

The right of access covers all information held by Hertfordshire Constabulary.

 

A release of information in response to a request is published on our Disclosure log on a monthly basis.


Do I have to pay for any of the information included in the publication scheme?

 

Details of charges applicable can be found in the publication scheme.


Will I be able to obtain personal information about myself under the Act?

 

Requests for personal information will be dealt with under the Data Protection Act.


How do I make a Freedom of Information request and how long will it take to receive the information?

 

Click here to access the Freedom of Information section.


How can I obtain local crime figures?

 

Click here to access the latest crime figures.