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0614.50 Release of Information

614.50   RELEASE OF INFORMATION

Refer:    

  • ORS 192.410 – 192.500  Public Records Law
  • City Code 3.20.360  Fee Schedule
  • City Code 3.20.360  Fee Schedule for Traffic Violations
  • DIR 310.70  Dissemination of Information
  • DIR 631.35  Press/Media Policy and Procedure
  • DIR 910.00  Field Reporting Handbook Instructions
  • DIR 1226.00  Computer Technology
  • Fee Schedule (Records)

 

POLICY (614.50)

It is the policy of the Bureau to provide access to written records in an open, consistent, and timely manner in conformance with the standards set forth in the Oregon Public Records Law. A public record is any writing containing information relating to the conduct of the public’s business. Writing includes handwriting, typewriting, printing, letters, sounds and symbols, or any combination of these. It also includes information stored on paper, computer tape, film, video tapes, electronically stored or machine readable data, and other methods of retaining information as well as written documents such as police reports and memoranda. E-mail is included as are deleted messages stored on back-up tapes.

PROCEDURE (614.50)

Release of Information to Individuals

Persons seeking copies of, or the right to inspect, Bureau records shall be referred to the Records Division (Records). It will be the responsibility of Records to review the request. If the record requested is in the possession of Records, or is readily accessible by Records, they will then process the request.

If the record is not available to Records, they will refer the request to the RU in possession of the record or to the appropriate City Attorney.

All requests for crime scene photos and accident scene photographs will be Forensics Evidence Division (Forensics).

RUs that receive public record requests will comply with the request unless the record is exempt. If there is a question concerning whether a particular statutory exemption applies, the RU may contact Records and/or the City Attorney for advice. If requested, Records will assist or facilitate public record requests for other Bureau divisions and units.

In some cases, only a portion of the record may be exempt. In that case, the exempt portion shall be redacted and the remainder of the record shall be provided.

Fee Schedule (614.50)

Fees for public records are determined by the City Council. Refer to City Code 3.20.360 or Records for the current fee schedule. Nothing in this directive will prohibit any RU from developing and releasing any document, without cost, designed to educate or inform individuals or groups. Examples of such documents would include crime prevention brochures, regular statistical documents, annual reports and press releases.

If there is any question as to the appropriate release of a document, contact Records or the City Attorney for advice. However, keep in mind that not all documents exempt under Public Records law are marked Confidential. Use caution when dealing with matters involving children (either arrested or as victims), elder persons, persons with mental or physical illness, or any matter that might be considered private by a person named.

Confidential Records (614.50)

In the event the record requested is marked confidential, the unit processing the request will not release such material, if it is otherwise appropriate to do so, until it has obtained the consent of the originating unit.

Information to Governmental Agencies (614.50)

This directive applies to private citizens or businesses seeking access to Bureau records. Nothing in this directive will prohibit or affect the exchange of information or records between any RU and another law enforcement agency or governmental agency.

Release of Information to the Press (614.50)

All records requests by the media will be processed by the Records Division in the procedure outlined in the Release of Information to Individuals section of this directive. Requests for information pertaining to press releases and breaking news events will be referred to the Public Information Officer.