Publication Scheme

The Publication Scheme is designed to inform members of the public of the classes of information that Durham Constabulary publishes or intends to publish, the format and manner in which the information is published and whether a charge is made for the information. Publication Schemes are intended to encourage organisations to publish more information pro-actively before a request is made and to develop a greater culture of openness.

As of 1st January 2009 the Information Commissioner has introduced a new model Publication Scheme that applies to all public authorities. The scheme can be found on the Commissioner's website.

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:

  • 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. The Police Section document can be found on the Commissioner's website.

Management of Police Information (M.O.P.I)