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The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 is a piece of legislation designed to “open up” the public sector to make organisations more accountable for decisions and actions that are taken.

North Yorkshire Police (NYP) and the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire (OPFCC) recognise its obligation to adhere to the FOIA 2000. FOIA imposes two distinct responsibilities upon public authorities:

• the duty to confirm or deny whether the information exists and
• the duty to communicate the information

The principal ways whereby release of information are achieved are:

• creating and maintaining a publication scheme – the purpose of this is to make a significant proportion of disclosable information routinely accessible without waiting for it to be requested
• providing a general right of access to all types of ‘recorded’ information held by public authorities

Under the terms of the FOIA 2000, public authorities are required to make available requested information (subject to a range of exemptions) to any individual or organisation anywhere in the world.

The purpose of this procedure is to outline the force’s legal requirements for the release of information under the FOIA 2000 and give brief guidance to staff who receive and deal with requests for information.

More detailed information can be found in the Freedom of Information College of Policing APP which all forces are advised to follow.

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