The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act is designed to encourage public organisations to be more open. It came into force in January 2005 and allows anyone, no matter who they are or where they live, to make a request for information.
The act works in conjunction with the Data Protection Act. This means only information found to be suitable for public knowledge can be released. FOI legislation relates to the organisation and how it works, rather than individuals who come into contact with it.
How to make a FOI request
In order to submit a Freedom of Information request, please provide the following information in writing either by email or post:
Once a valid Freedom of Information Request has been received, South Wales Police are under a legal obligation to respond to the applicant within 20 working days. However this can be extended in certain circumstances where the public interest is being considered.
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