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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.

How do I make a Freedom of Information request?


  • 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.

The following criteria must be met:

  1. The request must be made in writing.
  2. It can be made by letter, fax or email.
  3. It must contain a return address (this can be an email address).
  4. It must clearly identify the information being sought.
  5. It must be legible.

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.pnn.police.uk

Disclosure log

Freedom of Information requests and responses are published on our disclosure log.