Ga. compiles FOI booklet for police
Georgia's 18,000 police officers are getting a 38-page
booklet that "very plainly" explains that law
enforcement records are subject to public disclosure unless
specifically exempted from release.
The Georgia First Amendment Foundation, the state press
association and seven government organizations produced the
booklet, "Georgia Law Enforcement and the Open Records
The guide was produced after "four lively meetings in five
months," according to the Georgia foundation's fall
The "police blue book" pulls together for the first
time Georgia's seven mandatory rules for confidentiality and
37 others that are labeled discretionary.
There's a sample open records request and a chapter that
clearly delineates the openness or closure of 10 items ranging from
arrest reports, citations, in-car camera videotapes, reports from
other law-enforcement agencies (all open) to probation and parole
records (confidential and exempt).
Attorney General Thurbert Baker writes in a foreword, "We
must always be vigilant to ensure that the public we are sworn to
protect and to serve is also protected in its rights to know what
its government is doing."
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