Suffolk Constabulary is committed to fostering a
culture of openness and accountability, and is dedicated to
proactively publishing information, helping to ensure that the
communities value and trust the Constabulary.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was introduced to all
Public Authorities on 1 January 2005, which enables them to adopt a
culture of opennes and transparency, making them more accountable
to those that fund them.
The Act encourages Public Authorities to effectively manage
their information, to ensure accurate and efficient disclosure of
information, both proactively onto the Publication Scheme and after
a request is received, subject to the application of
It is important to note that ALL information disclosed under the
Act becomes available to the World, and not just to the individual
requesting the information.
To ensure that certain information is protected from disclosure,
to ensure public safety, the Act contains 23 exemptions.
Access further information in relation to the
Please note that where the Constabulary receives a request for
information under Freedom of Information that relates specifically
to the applicant, i.e. personal data, a ‘Neither Confirm Nor Deny’
response will be issued and the requester directed to the Data
Protection Team, who deal with Subject Access requests.
Further information concerning access to personal information
held by Suffolk Constabulary can be found within our Data
Protection Pages, Subject Access information.
More detailed information concerning the Freedom of Information
Act and the exemptions can be found via the Information Commissioner's Website and
FOI Manual of Guidance.
The information provided within the ‘Introduction’ page is
designed to assist you with a basic understanding of the Act. Your
feedback is important and you may provide suggestions to enable the
Constabulary to enhance the web pages.