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Friday, March 21, 2014

Reporter Disputes Westport PD FOI ‘F’ Grade Explanation

UPDATE (adds police comment) A reporter for the New Haven Register today disputed a Westport police explanation as to “what may have occurred” when he requested a copy of an arrest log during a Freedom of Information Act compliance survey.

The newspaper gave Westport an “F” grade on the survey after the reporter said he came away empty-handed after making the request. (See WestportNow March 19, 2014)

Police Capt. John A. Calka, in a letter to WestportNow on Thursday said, “We have conducted an investigation as to what may have occurred. It appears that our emergency dispatchers were approached by someone during a busy time asking for an arrest log. Our dispatcher told them to wait until they could clear the emergency calls. The requester did not wait.”

But J. Brian Charles, a New Haven Register reporter, in an email relayed by Michelle Tuccitto Sullo, the Register’s investigations editor, said that was not what happened.

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