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Police Blotter Information

Police Blotter Information Q: The city’s Police Department’s blotter consists of the following information: Date, Time, Crime, Address The Public Records Act says “…state and local law enforcement agencies shall make public the following information…the time, substance, and location of all complaints or requests for assistance received by agency and the time and nature of the response including the extent the information regarding crimes alleged or committed or any other incident investigated is recorded, the

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College Campus Police Blotter

College Campus Police Blotter Q: I am interested in finding out whether the police blotter on college campuses is public record. Are there any case laws regarding this particular topic? A: As you may know, under the California Public Records Act (“CPRA”), records in the possession of public entities are presumed to be public unless one of the Act’s enumerated exceptions to disclosure applies.  I am unaware of any case law specifically addressing the availability

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Police blotters and the CPRA

Police blotters and the CPRA Q: I freelance for a community newspaper and I cover anything that goes on in one city. I have been trying to deepen my coverage and want to check the police blotter more regularly, only when I went recently I noticed that it was a couple days behind. I went back a second time a day later and it was pointless because they hadn’t updated yet. I asked why and

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Online Sheriff’s Blotter

Online Sheriff’s Blotter Q: The County Sheriff Department maintains a website that contains a sheriff’s blotter of recent calls and related arrests by community.  When I first started using this website to track crime in my community, the information about arrests included the charges filed, felony status, jurisdiction issuing warrants, etc.  That information was removed about 18 months ago and replaced with this statement: “Due to security concerns, we have discontinued posting detailed inmate information on this website. Information required

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Police Reports and the CPRA

Police Reports and the CPRA Q: This message pertains to obtaining police reports taken.  I have been told by LAPD that unless I am the one who files a police report I cannot get copies.  How can this not be public information?  If the report was filed against me am I entitled to a copy?  I have had approx 50-75 police reports filed against me by my insane neighbor and I am preparing to file

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A&A: Requests for crime reports denied by police department

Q:  I am a reporter, and I’ve been having trouble obtaining crime reports from our local police department. I’ve requested crime reports twice and both times I’m told that they are being withheld because of Government Code section 6254(f). To be clear, one time I requested all crime reports that had been filed over a month period. The second time, I requested the reports for three specific crimes. Both times, the office cited section 6254(f).

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Police Call Logs and Public Records

Police Call Logs and Public Records Q: Are police departments required to provide the “request for service” logs if asked for a specific date? For example, a call for disturbing the peace because of a noisy dog. I assume that gets logged into a database when it is dispatched. Are the addresses of the individuals in violation public information? I noticed some cities have websites that show this info and others don’t. A: The California

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Harvard study shows media toadies to government

A study of the way the American media discusses waterboarding revealed that when the government insisted that the practice was not torture, the media fell into line, avoiding applying the word “torture” in reference to the practice. -db Salon Commentary June 30, 2010 By Glenn Greenwald A newly released study from students at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government provides the latest evidence of how thoroughly devoted the American establishment media is to amplifying and

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Criminal Records and the CPRA

Criminal Records and the CPRA Q: In interviewing individual applicants to provide childcare for my 2 toddlers, it is of utmost importance that I verify whether or not they (and/or the location of the premises used for such services) has been involved with any law enforcement issues (ie: is there any criminal history? Has law enforcement ever been called out to the home/place of services? How many times? For what?; etc.).  Upon asking for a

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Public Record, and 911 Call Logs

Public Record, and 911 Call Logs Q: We submitted a Public Records Request to the Police Department seeking a copy of their ‘Call for Service’ log, known also as the Daily Dispatch Log, Police Blotter or 911 Call Log.  They denied the request indicating that they don’t have this type of information, therefore are not required to compile such information.  We are seeking the Dates of Calls for Service, the respective incident numbers, time of

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Police Call and Arrest Logs

Police Call and Arrest Logs Q: What part of the Police call and/or arrest logs are publicly accessible under the PRA? Can only the victim see the arrest log? Can the name of the arrestee or callee be given to the public? If a City website keeps the call logs on the City web site for 7 days, and they fall off, does that mean they are no longer accessible? How long must these records

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A&A: Police say daily crime logs can’t be released to the public

Q: I have been seeking release of daily crime logs through the Police Department, preferably the day they are issued. The log is maintained by a patrol officer for 24-hour periods between 4 a.m. and 4 a.m. and through CPRA request have successfully obtained past logs electronically in .doc or .pdf format. However, the department Public Information Officer (PIO )has refused to provide the daily log when requested claiming they need to be double-checked for accuracy

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Police Reports

Police Reports Q: Using information provided at a journalism conference by a CFAC attorney, I asked a local police agency for a basic incident report on a fatal hazing incident, citing 6254F, F1 and F2. The officer said he was not required to give the report, citing (of all things) 6254 F. I asked if he could just provide the information from the report, if not the report itself. He said that information is no

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Police Transparency Legal Compendium

police transparency guide open records Police Transparency Guide Download Police Transparency Guide Police Transparency Legal Compendium – Table of Contents The First Amendment Coalition is an award-winning, nonprofit public interest organization dedicated to advancing free speech, more open and accountable government, and public participation in civic affairs. Police transparency legal compendium Records that Can Be Obtained Under California Penal Code Section 832.7(b) In 2018 the California Legislature enacted S.B. 1421 which amended Penal Code section

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Judge rules First Amendment protects writing f-bomb on speeding ticket

A federal judge ruled that Liberty, New York officials should not have arrested William Barboza in 2012 for writing the words “fuck your shitty town bitches” on his parking ticket. The judge found the words constituted no real threat. (Al Jazeera America, September 15, 2015, by Wilson Dizard) ACLU lawyer Mariko Hiirose who represented Barboza said, “New Yorkers should not be afraid to protest or complain about a speeding ticket — or any other government

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Accessing 911 Calls and Police Reports

Accessing 911 Calls and Police Reports Q: I’m producing a documentary on the lives of Transgender women. Many of them have been assaulted or even killed for being who they are. I want to show a few instances of that through 911 calls, police reports, and associated photos. The police department won’t even respond to my requests. Do I have a right to obtain this information? A: Under the California Public Records Act (“PRA”), Govt. Code

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A&A: Can I access driver ID’s from traffic-stop police reports?

Q: I am working on a story about traffic stops and would like to request the city’s police department for records related to about 10 incidents involving drivers with suspended licenses (I have the incident numbers). But before I make my request: Can the police department deny me accessing the name, address or other fields in police reports of those incidents? Or is the entire report written by a police officer on duty public? A: Unfortunately,

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Accessing Police Reports

Accessing Police Reports Q: I have a court date in small claims court against a termite company. I was told by a detective that I need to prove “perponderous of evidence” which when explained to me meant that I only need to prove that the termite company could have some fault in the burglary that took place at my home while being tented. I have also been told by a community representative at the police

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A&A: Denied police records because they were not in “searchable format”

Q: I submitted a rather complex public records request to a number of local police agencies. My requests sought records pertaining to individuals detained by local police and subsequently turned over to federal immigration authorities, without formal arrest. My requests have been denied on various grounds, but most of them on the basis of County of LA v. Superior Court, the Kusar case. My request does require the search of numerous documents going back to

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Accessing Police Reports on Investigations

Accessing Police Reports on Investigations Q: How do I access information from the county Police Department regarding a shoddy investigation of financial elder abuse? A: You may be able to obtain the information you seek by making a request under the California Public Records Act (“CPRA”).  Under the CPRA, records in the possession of public entities are presumed to be public unless one of the Act’s enumerated exceptions to disclosure applies. Government Code section 6254(f)

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