Thursday, March 20, 2014

Many Connecticut police departments withhold public info, investigation finds

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
and Viktoria Sundqvist

Five municipal police departments and one state police troop flouted Freedom of Information law in a statewide compliance check this month by refusing to release even basic arrest information upon request.
New Haven police didn’t provide any required information, with spokesman David Hartman telling a reporter who asked to see the arrest log, that “You’ll never get blotter from us, we are just too damn busy.”
“It is not public information; these are arrests, not convictions,” Hartman added.
Police departments across the state vary widely in terms of what information they release to the public, the compliance check done by staff at the New Haven Register, The Middletown Press and The Register Citizen shows.
The three newspapers tested all 92 municipal police departments across Connecticut and 11 state police troops on their compliance with the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

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