Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 is intended to promote a culture of openness. It encourages the public to gain a better understanding of how organisations carry out their functions and how money is spent by accessing information that they hold.

Any person or organisation has, under the above Act, the right to request any information from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. However before you make a request, please search this website as the information you require may already be available.

If the information is not available, please use the Contact page. You will need to provide as much information as you can along with your contact details. The information may be however subject to certain exemptions defined in the Act. Some exemptions may permit the Commissioner to withhold some or all of the information you have requested.

The Commissioner is obliged to respond to your request within 20 working days. In other circumstances where more time is required to coordinate a response, you will be informed of those timescales which in all circumstances will be appropriate and reasonable.

There is a charge for searching for information and set out in Regulations. Requests anticipated to cost at least £450 may be refused although the Commissioner must still confirm whether or not it holds the information.

The Commissioner's office has a duty to provide advice and assistance to help you informally if for example you are visually impaired and will, where appropriate, interpreting information into other languages. Also, the Commissioner can transfer your request to another body where it is believed that other body holds the information or provide contact details.

If you do require any further assistance or for more information, please visit our Contact page.

Freedom of Information log

The Commissioner's team logs the Freedom of Information requests received by the office and details how they have been handled.

Please find a log of the Freedom of Information requests received:

April 2016 - September 2016

April 2015 - March 2016

January to March 2015

April to December 2014

(Additional information for request 2015-21)

For the six months to March 2014.

Subject Access Requests

If we hold any information about you, you are entitled to see it. To do this, you have to fill in a 'Subject Access Request' Application and pay a fee of £10.

Once we have received your completed form and your fee, and are satisfied with the proof of identity you have given us, we will provide the information within 40 days.

Please note, however, that this covers the information held by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner only.

Information held by Merseyside Police should be requested from them. Details of how to do this, and how to access police information held nationally, can be found on the Merseyside Police website.

You are only entitled to see information about yourself, and you will have to provide proof of identity. If the information we hold identifies anyone else as well, you will need written permission from them before we can release the information to you. We may check with the other person to ensure they have given their consent.

Guidance re use and completion of application form for access to personal data held by Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside

Application Form