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The Data Protection Act 2018 and EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on 25th May 2018.  The revised legislation is designed to make data protection laws fit for the digital age and empowers people to take control over their data

The GDPR applies to 'personal data' meaning any information relating to an identifiable person who can be directly or indirectly identified in particular by reference to an identifier.  The GDPR also applies to both automated personal data and to manual filing systems where personal data are accessible according to specific criteria. This could include chronologically ordered sets of manual records containing personal data.

The Data Protection Act 2018 also contains provisions regarding how personal data can be processed for law enforcement purposes.  This includes processing for the prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences, or the execution of criminal penalties, including the safeguarding against and the prevention of threats to public security.

Rights of Individuals

The GDPR and Data Protection Act provide individuals with enhanced rights as to how their personal data can be processed.  Further information about these rights and about how we process personal data can be foundhere

Subject Access

Individuals have the right to have a copy of any personal data held about them, subject to certain exemptions.

Should you wish to know what personal information (if any) Cumbria Constabulary holds about you, for example within incident logs, crime reports, statements, criminal files, etc. you can request this information.  To help to facilitate a request and to assist you to provide the information required to enable your request to be processed promptly, you may wish to submit a request on a Subject Access form.  A link to the form can be found here.

When submitting a request to Cumbria Constabulary using the provided form, or otherwise in writing, this should be sent to the address shown below.  If you require any assistance, or clarification, please also use the below contact details.

The Data Protection Officer
People Department, Corporate Support
Cumbria Constabulary
Police Headquarters
Carleton Hall
CA10 2AU

Telephone: 101 (Option 2 Ext 60025) or

0300 1240113 (Option 2 Extension 60025)


In most cases there will be no charge for the provision of this information and, in most cases, the Constabulary will be required to provide a response within one month of receiving your request.

You can also ask for personal information that may be held about you on the Police National Computer (PNC) by applying to the National Police Chiefs' Council Criminal Records Office (ACRO).  Further information about how to do this can be found on the ACRO website at: