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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Survey Grades Westport Police ‘F’ on FOI Compliance

UPDATE (adds Westport police comment, YouTube video link) A check of police departments across the state on compliance with the Freedom of Information Act gave Westport an F grade, the New Haven Register reported today.

It said staff at the New Haven Register, The Middletown Press and The Register Citizen carried out the survey.

On Thursday, Westport police responded to the survey, saying an investigation determined a reporter showed up at a busy time. “It appears that our emergency dispatchers were approached by someone during a busy time asking for an arrest log,” said Capt. John A. Calka in a letter to WestportNow. “Our dispatcher told them to wait until they could clear the emergency calls. The requester did not wait.”

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, the report said

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