Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, public authorities have to produce a publication scheme. As of 1st January 2009 the Information Commissioner has introduced a new model Publication Scheme that applies to all public authorities and can be found here. A definition document was also produced to accompany the new scheme and can be found here or by clicking on the pdf version at the bottom of this page.
West Midlands Police are committed to delivering an open and transparent service whenever possible and it is our intention to publish information in our publication scheme that the public have an interest in viewing. However, as we are committed to protecting the communities we serve and preventing and detecting crime, it must be recognised that certain information, in the public interest, should not be disclosed.
Information concerning ongoing investigations, investigative methods, intelligence and the use of related operational techniques must be protected as they are central to the maintenance of a safe and just society.
In this respect, West Midlands Police will, when appropriate, apply reasonable consideration of the exemptions afforded under the Freedom of Information Act, particularly Section 30 Investigation and Proceedings Conducted by Public Authorities, Section 31 Law Enforcement and Section 41 Information Provided in Confidence. See also advice on information concerning police investigations.
The aim of the publication scheme is to set out:
The majority of information can be accessed via the Force website. For a guide to the information West Midlands Police publish (including links and charges) please see the following section or click on the pdf document below
Below you will find a brief summary of the information West Midlands Police publishes, or intends to publish, under the classes listed below in accordance with the 2009 Model Publication Scheme. For a comprehensive guide please click on the pdf document Guide to Published Information (PDF)
Organisational information, structures, locations and contacts.
Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, tendering, procurement and contracts.
Strategy and performance information, plans, assessments, inspections and reviews.
Policy proposals and decisions. Decision making processes, internal criteria and procedures, consultations.
Current written protocols for delivering our functions and responsibilities.
Information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to the functions of the authority.
Advice and guidance, booklets and leaflets, transactions and media releases. A description of the services offered