The regular and scheduled sharing of information with our partners is very important to our joint approach to prevent and detect crime and disorder.
The regular and scheduled sharing of information with our partners is very important to our joint approach to prevent and detect crime and disorder, and maintain the trust and confidence of our communities that we handle information supplied by, and about, them with the highest integrity.
The Data Protection Act (DPA) provides the information management legislation that must be adhered to, and the standards set by the Management of Police Information (MoPI) are the rules that the police service must abide by.
As a basic approach, information we have gathered in support of our policing purpose is information that supports:
- Protecting life and property.
- Preserving order.
- Preventing the commission of offences.
- Bringing offenders to justice.
- Any duty or responsibility arising from common or statute law.
The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 identifies the Statutory Partners and provides the legislative basis for sharing information. Information sharing with non-statutory partners is permitted under the Common Law as long as the public interest supports it.
Information Sharing Agreements provide shared understanding, test necessity and proportionality and result in a consistent approach to the sharing of information.
The current library of Information Sharing Agreements is published in order to be transparent and to engender trust and confidence.
Information Sharing Agreements are under continuous review and development and may quickly become out-of-date due to changes in legislation or procedure.