Does the draft policy provide clear provisions for when and how information about officer-involved critical incidents will be released, and does it balance the need for transparency with the need to provide due process?
Salt Lake City recognizes and appreciates the important role the public plays in the process of creating a policy for how and when information will be released about Officer-Involved Critical Incidents (OICI). A draft policy has been created and is available for review here.
Overall, the Policy is intended to:
- Balance the competing interests under the Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA).
- Recognize that transparency to the community is key in critical incident investigations.
- Recognize that in critical incidents, additional agencies that are charged under state statute with investigating them, have legitimate investigative reasons for restricting access to body cam recordings.
- Recognize that those reasons can and should be explained to the public.
- Continually weigh and balance the competing interests throughout the process and recognize that at a certain point the interests favoring public access outweigh those interests favoring restriction of access.
The draft policy seeks to weigh those interests favoring public access with those that favor restriction of access by reaching out to those law enforcement agencies that are required under Utah law to investigate a critical incident. If those agencies indicate a need to temporarily protect the record, the City will require them to submit a written request, explaining why the recordings need to be protected.
Please provide us your feedback on the draft policy by clicking on the blue 'Add Your Statement' button below. The deadline for submitting feedback on this forum is March 1, 2017, at midnight.
You may contact the Mayor's Office with comments or questions at 801-535-7704 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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