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What is the Freedom of Information Act?

The Freedom of Information Act gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities (subject to the application of certain exemptions contained within the Act). The Act also requires public authorities to establish a Publication Scheme, to specify the classes of information they already publish or intend to publish. Our intention is to publish as much information as possible on subjects where there is known to be public interest. However, exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act may prevent some information from being released.

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What information can be requested?

The Freedom of Information Act gives rights of access to any kind of information which is not personal or environmental information, subject to a number of exemptions.


At present Cumbria Constabulary will not charge for information available through the Constabulary Publication Scheme.

A charge may be payable for information not held on the Scheme.

In either case, we are under no obligation to provide multiple copies, and a charge may be payable in this case.

We would let you know any relevant charge at the time of your request and this would be payable in advance.

Send Your Request to:

Freedom of Information
Professional Standards Department
Police Headquarters
Carleton Hall
Cumbria CA10 2AU

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