1.06 PM Friday 27 February 2015

Accessing Information

The Freedom of Information Act 

The Freedom of Information Act gives people the right to access information held by public authorities including Dorset Police.  The purpose of the Act is to make bodies such as Dorset Police more accountable to those that fund them and to make public authorities more transparent to members of the general public.  

Under FOI, there is an obligation for publicly-funded bodies to consider requests for information and to provide a response under the terms of the legislation. There is a presumption of disclosure unless the authority can demonstrate harm in release. The Act also requires that Dorset Police adopt, operate and maintain a publication scheme. The purpose of the scheme is to highlight the types of information that Dorset Police will publish through our website or make available immediately upon receiving a request for it .

Follow this link for more information on the Freedom of Information Act and how to make a request for information >

Follow this link to access our publication scheme >


The Data Protection Act

The Subject Access provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 gives an individual the right to have a copy of any personal data held on them. Section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998 states that a "data subject" (the person about whom the personal data refers) is entitled, upon written request, to be informed whether or not personal data is held or processed about them.

Should you wish to know what information (if any) is held about you on the Police National Computer (Prosecution/Conviction history) you will need to complete an ACRO SAR 1 form.  If you require personal data held about you on Dorset Police systems, you will need to complete form SA1.1. Follow this link for the application forms (ACRO SAR1 & SA1.1) to access your personal data and more information about the Data Protection Act 1998. >

Individuals requiring Police Certificates for the purposes of emigration, visa or residency for a number of countries including, but not limited to: Australia, Bahamas, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Kuwait, New Zealand, South Africa,  United States of America and Uraguay, should use the following link: Association of Chief Police Officers Criminal Records Office >

Disclosure of information held by the police for employment vetting processes – For information regarding the disclosure of information by the police for employment vetting processes, please follow this link >


Child Sex Offenders Disclosure Scheme

A Home Office initiative in which information about people who pose a risk to children can be passed on to parents and guardians is set to begin in Dorset.

The Child Sex Offenders Disclosure Scheme launched across the county on Friday, 1 October 2010 ... Find out more by following this link >


Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (Clare's Law)

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) commenced in Dorset in March 2014.

Commonly known as Clare’s Law, the DVDS is named after Clare Wood who was murdered in 2009 by her boyfriend. The DVDS will give members of the public a formal mechanism to make enquires about an individual who they are in a relationship with, or who is in a relationship with someone they know, where there is a concern that the individual may be violent towards their partner ... Find out more by following this link >


Early Deletion of Biometric Information from National Police Systems

Under new legislation, you may apply in certain circumstances to have your fingerprints and DNA profiles deleted from national police systems, namely the National Fingerprint Database (IDENT1) and the National DNA Database (NDNAD).

Under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (which amended the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, known as PACE) police in England and Wales are able to indefinitely retain your biometric information if you have been convicted of an offence. Biometric information is defined as fingerprints and DNA profiles.

Equally the legislation identifies a number of situations whereby your biometric information will be immediately deleted from national police systems if you were not convicted of a recordable offence, provided specified time constraints and other criteria are satisfied.

ArrowInformation concerning the 'Early Deletion Process' can be accessed on the ACRO website at: http://www.acro.police.uk/Early_Deletion_of_Biometric_Information.aspx