Freedom of information - responsible use / requesting information

The Information Commissioner has issued a Charter and has suggested requesters should consider the following factors prior to submitting an Information Request.


Does the request impose a significant burden on the public authority in terms of expense or distraction?
Could the request be narrowed or refocused to avoid this burden?
Can the public authority help you refocus your request?


Does the request use language that could be seen to harass the public authority?
Are you using acceptable, everyday language?
Is this the latest in a series of similar requests?


Does the request relate to a complaint on a previous grievance that has been deemed closed and fully investigated by due process?
Will a request serve any purpose when it has been demonstrated by due process that no wrong doing took place?


Does the request have a serious purpose?
Can you justify the request as having a relevant purpose or value? (this is an issue for applicants to consider for themselves, as the Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations do not require you to explain your purpose) Could you justify the request to the organisation on whose behalf you are acting?


Is the request the latest in a series of requests that have already been made?
Will another request serve any further purpose?
If the request is about a changing situation, would it be better to allow a reasonable period of time to pass before making a further request?


Could the request be regarded as part of a campaign to disrupt the work of the public authority?
Can you refocus the request for information that you genuinely require?


Have you already had very similar requests refused before?
Have circumstances changed or do you have a legitimate reason for making the request again?  


Requesting Information
This Publication Scheme has been designed to highlight information and publications that are currently available from West Yorkshire Police. Where information is available on the website a hypertext link will direct you to the correct page on the website. Where no online version is available, you can apply in writing using the following methods:

Once you have read the above factors and feel you are satisified you still need to do so:

Online Request (Preferred Method)

Submit your Freedom of Information Information Request by clicking here.

By Post
Freedom of Information 
PO Box 9
Laburnum Road

For advice regarding your written request :

44 (0)1924 296248

You may request access to information held by West Yorkshire Police that is not contained within this Publication Scheme. If you do intend making a request, please do so in writing making sure that you include the following details:

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