Freedom of Information

Please note that every effort will be made to comply with the statutory timescales in relation to FOIA/ data protection subject access requests. However, as a consequence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Lancashire Constabulary will prioritise those functions and services which seek to protect the public so you may experience delays during this extraordinary period of time.

Freedom of Information requests relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you are seeking to access information held by Lancashire Constabulary, please note that it is likely that information will not be published until a future point in time.  Further details can be found on the NPCC website: https://www.npcc.police.uk/COVID%2019/Operation%20Talla%20Publication%20Strategy%2026052020.pdf

Lancashire Constabulary has created an FOI response plan

FOI requests relating to the following types of information associated with the pandemic will be dealt with as and when the risk diminishes and no later than July 2021:

  • Information created by or for the senior management groups.
  • Information created by or for the Local Resilience Forum.
  • Information created by the Performance Analysis Unit.
  • Information concerning incidents or crimes.
  • Information concerning the enforcement by Lancashire Constabulary of the regulations issued as a response to the pandemic.

In order to deliver the commitment outlined above, Lancashire Constabulary will seek to ensure that all pandemic-related information created or held by departments is stored appropriately and in line with the Force Retention Schedule so it can retrieved at a future date.

 

Under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000, you can gain access to information held by Lancashire Constabulary.  We must consider all requests for recorded information we receive and must:

  • Inform the applicant whether the information is held; and
  • Supply the requested information subject to the application of exemptions contained within the Act.

The FOIA is fully retrospective and covers all information held in a recorded format.

If you wish to apply for your personal information, please see the page regarding Subject Access. Such requests are exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 by virtue of Section 40(1). 

To do this, please visit the Data Protection page.

Time Considerations

The deadline for a public authority to respond to requests made under FOI is 20 working days, although there are some circumstances where this may be extended under the terms of the legislation. Occasionally, for example, if a request requires clarification, is particularly complicated or subject to the application of certain exemptions where there is a need to consider public interest factors, the 20 working day period may be extended.

Where clarification is required, Lancashire Constabulary will stop the 20 working day time clock until clarification has been received from the applicant and will close off the request completely if no clarification is received within 20 working days.

Please note that every effort will be made to comply with the statutory timescales in relation to FOIA/ data protection subject access requests. However, as a consequence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Lancashire Constabulary will prioritise those functions and services which seek to protect the public so you may experience delays during this extraordinary period of time.

How to obtain information

Before making a Freedom of Information request, please view the types of information available on this website under the Publication Scheme.

General information about crime and crime statistics can also be found at the Office For National Statistics website.

If the information that you are looking for is not available on these websites, please make a request.

To make a valid request under the Freedom of Information Act, the following criteria must be met:

  • The request must be made in writing
  • It can be made by letter, fax or email
  • It must state the name of the applicant
  • It must contain a return address (this can be an email address)
  • It must clearly identify the information being sought
  • It must be legible
  • It must contain details of the format you would like the information to be sent to you (e.g. on disc, via email, hard copy)

Requests made to Lancashire Constabulary under the Freedom of Information Act should be sent to:

Email: [email protected]

or

Freedom of Information
Information Assurance
Lancashire Constabulary
Saunders Lane
Hutton
Preston
PR4 5SB





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