Freedom of Information

The Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) is committed to making information available to the public to enable them to hold her to account during her term of office.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, sets out exemptions from that right and places a number of obligations on public authorities. Any person who makes a request to a public authority for information must be informed whether the public authority holds that information. Any person making a request must be supplied with that information, unless an exemption applies

Under the Freedom of Information Act, the PCC is required to adopt an approved Publication Scheme, setting out the information routinely made publicly available. The model scheme, on which this Publication Scheme is based, has been approved by the Information Commissioner and is reviewed from time to time.

Further information about the Act can be viewed on the Information Commissioner’s Office website.

The PCC also follows good practice by publishing information as recommended by central government to local authorities on data transparency set out in both the Elected Local Policing Bodies (Specified Information) Order 2011 and the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 as part of the PCC’s transparency agenda.

The OSPCC also has a Disposal and Retention Schedule for the maintenance of its records.