HMICFRS and the Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives anybody the right to access information held by public authorities.

This means you can file a Freedom of Information Act request to us.

Note: the Freedom of Information Act covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland. For information on Freedom of Information in Scotland, please see the websites of the Scottish Executive and the Scottish Information Commissioner.

How to ask for information

Follow the advice and tips below to ensure your request for information is dealt with as quickly and smoothly as possible.

First, it’s a good idea to check and see if the information you’re looking for is already on our website. You can do this by:

If you can’t find the information using either of those methods, you can send requests for information by letter or email.

To help us deal with your query, please:

  • tell us clearly what information you want
  • include your name and either a postal or email address

Please send your request to:

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services
Freedom of Information Act request
Globe House
89 Eccleston Square

Email your request


If you are unhappy with the way in which your request is handled, or the response you receive, the Freedom of Information Act gives you the right to complain.

If you do complain, the issues you raise will be considered first – as part of an internal review process – by officials not involved in the handling of your original request.

When submitting a complaint please provide details of when you wrote, to whom, and about what, and the reference number if you were provided with one.

Complaints should be submitted no more than two months after you receive a reply to your FOI request. You will receive a response no more than 20 working days after your complaint is first received.

Complaints should be sent to:

Chief Operating Officer
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services
6th floor, Globe House
89 Eccleston Square
London SW1V 1PN

Email your request

Should you be dissatisfied with HMICFRS’ response to your complaint, you have a further right of appeal to the Information Commissioner.  In that case, write to:

The Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Released information

Released information
Report Published
Operation Conifer – A review of a special grant application made by the Wiltshire police and crime commissioner in relation to the investigation of allegations of child sexual abuse against the late Sir Edward Heath 19 January 2018

Archived information

HMICFRS’ website is frequently copied and archived on the National Archives website. Information previously released under FOI can be found in our archive at the following links:

Archived HMIC website, December 2014 – present (external link)

Archived HMIC website, February 2010 – December 2014 (external link)

Archived HMIC website, August 2008 – February 2010 (external link)

Archived HMIC website, April 1999 – August 2008 (external link)