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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.

Avon and Somerset Police are committed to being open, honest and accountable. We do this by publishing the results of all previous Freedom of Information requests on our website and by providing a detailed Publication Scheme containing information that the public may wish to access.

Before making the request, it is worth checking to see if the information required has been published on the website already by searching our Previous Freedom of Information Requests covering nearly 200 different topics.

Where the information you require isn't already available online, you can make a request using one of the methods below.

Please include the following details:

  • Your name and address
  • The information you would like to access
  • The way you would like the information to be sent to you (eg hard copy, via email).

Please note: We aim to provide the information within twenty working days.

Online

To make an application online fill in the Make a Freedom of Information Request Online form.

By post

You can make a Freedom of Information request by applying in writing to:

Corporate Information Management
Avon and Somerset Constabulary HQ
PO Box 37
Valley Road
Portishead
Bristol
BS20 8QJ

Exemptions

There are two types of exemption given under the Freedom of Information Act:

  • Non-absolute: These exemptions require a 'public interest test'. In these cases, the information will be withheld if it is judged to be more in the public interest to withhold the information than it would be to disclose it. If a request is refused, the refusal should be accompanied by a reason.
  • Absolute: These exemptions are not subject to the 'public interest test'.

As we are committed to protecting the communities we serve, preventing and detecting crime, it must be recognised that certain information should not be disclosed in the public interest.

Information concerning ongoing investigations, investigative methods, criminal intelligence and the use of related operational techniques must be protected. For these reasons, the following non-absolute exemptions from the act will be applied:

  • Section 30 Investigation and proceedings conducted by public authorities
  • Section 31 Law enforcement
  • Section 41 Information provided in confidence

A full list of exemptions is provided.