Police cite safety for making radio transmissions private – Journal Inquirer


By Eric Bedner

Some local police departments are encrypting their radio communications to prevent the public from listening in, which police say is an effort to keep their officers safe.

Most police communications are considered public information and are subject to the Freedom of Information Act, including those that are encrypted. (Read More)

Seized evidence should not be kept secret – Connecticut Mirror

03/11/19 – By Michael Savino

The Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information advocates, on behalf of the news media and other open government advocates, to preserve the public’s right to know through Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Act. Our organization has been leading the way in the fight for transparency since 1955. (Read More)

Bill would allow too much police secrecy – The Day of New London

03/10/19 – By The Day Editorial Board

Imagine that the son of a local politician is arrested on charges that the business he operates is a front for illegal drugs sales. In ferreting out the alleged illegal operation, police execute search warrants and seize records and property. (Read More)

Editorial: Police investigations are, and must remain, public – Hartford Courant

03/10/19 – By Editorial

The Connecticut Supreme Court got it right in October when it ruled that documents seized in the course of a police investigation are public. But now, a bill in the legislature would put a cloak over such documents and effectively shield many aspects of police investigations from the public. (Read More)

Top prosecutor says bill that would have kept Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza’s writings secret is needed to protect privacy rights – Hartford Courant

03/06/19 – by Dave Altimari

Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane told legislators Wednesday he was surprised the state Supreme Court released Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza’s private documents and that a new bill he champions is needed to protect the privacy rights of people and correct the court’s ruling on what documents should be publicly available. (Read More)

Police Secrecy Bill Should Be Defeated – Danbury News-Times

03/06/19 – By Hearst Connecticut Media Group Editorial Board

The public does not need more secrecy from police. If anything, there should be less. (Read More)

What Should Remain Public Information In Criminal Investigations? – CTNewsJunkie.com

03/07/19 – By Jack Kramer

HARTFORD, CT — Whether the public should have access to all evidence seized in a criminal investigation was the subject of a Judiciary Committee public hearing Wednesday. (Read More)

Bill would expand police secrecy – CTPost

03/06/19 – By Ken Dixon

HARTFORD — A battle broke out Wednesday between law enforcement officials who want to expand their secrecy protections and those promoting the public’s right to open records and government transparency, over controversial legislation that would expand items exempt from the state Freedom of Information Act. (Read More)

OP-ED | CCSU Report Illustrates Why Connecticut’s FOI Law Is Only As Good As Its Exemptions – CT News Junkie

01/24/19 – By Mike Savino

A report from outside investigators this week detailing former students’ complaints of sexual misconduct against two Central Connecticut State University professors — and the university’s failure to take corrective action — highlights a blind spot in Connecticut’s Freedom of Information law. (Read More)

Department of Education Ranked in Top 10 of FOIA Lawsuits – Campus Technology

12/06/18 – By Dian Schaffhauser

A Freedom of Information Act project measuring the number of FOIA lawsuits filed against federal agencies has added the Department of Education to the top-10 list for the first time. The FOIA Project maintains information on federally related FOIA requests, decisions, appeals and lawsuits. (Read More)