The Information Management provides a service to both the public and the Constabulary to execute the legal obligations associated with various information laws and statutory codes of practice such as:
- Data protection Act 1998
- Freedom of Information Act 2000
- Environmental Information Regulations 2004
- Human Rights Act 2000
- Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
- Statutory Code of Practice on the Management of Police Information.
The Information Management Department develops the Constabulary Information Management Strategy, which strives to ensure that the life cycle of police information is understood and that information is:
- valued and recognised as an important business and operational police asset
- fit for purpose, adequately protected, used effectively and lawfully
- available to the right people at the right time for proper and lawful purposes
- exploited to deliver improved public services
- properly governed through regular auditing and compliance testing.
The department’s main areas of business are:
- Data Protection
- Freedom of Information
- Information Audit & Compliance
- Information Sharing/Data Processing arrangements
- Disclosure and Barring Services
- Records Management
- Information Security
The department’s aim is to deliver the Information Management Strategy and assist the Constabulary to meets its vision through the provision of specialist advice and execute the statutory functions of the Chief Constable (Data Controller).
The department supports the Senior Information Risk Owner (Deputy Chief Constable) to execute their mandatory role concerning the handling of Government information, to ensure effective information risk management.