Publication Scheme

Welcome to the West Yorkshire Police Publication Scheme established in accordance with Section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.


We 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, preventing and detecting crime, it must be recognised that certain information should not be disclosed. Information concerning ongoing investigations, investigative methods, intelligence and the use of related operational techniques must be protected, as must the personal data of individuals. They are central to the maintenance of a safe and just society. In this respect, West Yorkshire 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, Section 40 Personal Data and Section 41 Information Provided in Confidence.

The person responsible for the Publication Scheme for West Yorkshire Police is the Force Information Manager.

The Senior Disclosure Officer, also in the Information Management Department, is responsible for overseeing the Scheme and all other aspects of compliance with the Freedom of Information Act. There are individual points of contact in each part of the Constabulary who are responsible for maintaining the information published as part of the Scheme.

Explaining the Scheme

As of May, 2013 the Information Commissioner introduced a model Publication Scheme that applies to all public authorities. The scheme can be found on the Information Commissioner's website. (external link disclaimer)

This document sets out the statutory requirements that each public authority must adhere to.

The model Scheme includes a commitment from the public authority:

  • To proactively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information, including environmental information, which is held by the authority and falls within the classifications below.
  • To specify the information held by the authority that falls within the classifications below.
  • To proactively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information in line with the statements contained within this scheme.
  • To produce and publish the methods by which the specific information is made routinely available so that it can be easily identified and accessed by members of the public.
  • To review and update on a regular basis the information the authority makes available under this scheme.
  • To produce a schedule of any fees charged for access to information which is made proactively available.
  • To make this publication scheme available to the public.

The Information Commissioner has also published a series of Definition Documents specific to each sector. 

This document provides guidance to police forces on the type of information they should consider publishing. The guidance represents an expectation from the Commissioner of what information should be published and has been produced in consultation with the Association of Chief Police Officers. Some police forces may not hold all the information listed in the guidance and there is no obligation under the model Scheme to create information solely for the purpose of publication. This can lead to some variations between police forces in what information is published.

The Guide to Published Information

It is a requirement of the model Scheme that public authorities publish a guide to direct the public to how and where information is published or made available, including whether a fee is charged.


How to Access Published Information

Much of the published information can be accessed by clicking on the links in the main right menu. Where information is historical, or is in an extremely large document it will be made available by telephoning or emailing the contact point shown in the Guide. The contact point will provide the information by email or a paper copy by post. In some cases, a fee to cover photocopying and postal costs may be charged. Alternatively, arrangements could be made to view the information at a local police station.

Understanding Our Abbreviations

As a large organisation we often use abbreviations within our textual information.

To assist the reader with interpreting these, an explanatory abbreviations glossary list is available here.

General Enquiries about the Publication Scheme

If you have any general questions about the format or running of the publication scheme please contact the Disclosure Unit via the West Yorkshire Police Non - Emergency Number : 101.

The aim of this Publication Scheme is to set out:

  • What information West Yorkshire Police publishes or intends to publish as a matter of course.
  • How we will publish this information.
  • Whether the information will be available free of charge or on payment.
  • Please follow the respective links in the left hand menu.


Please note that by accessing external links you will leave the West Yorkshire Police website. West Yorkshire Police are not responsible for the quality, accuracy or content of external websites. External links on this page will open in the same browser window.



Page last reviewed January 2020


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