Thursday, September 16, 2010

Private Investigator News: Pennsylvania state police incident reports are not a public record, cout rules

"Incident reports filed by Pennsylvania state troopers do not have to be released to the public, Commonwealth Court ruled Thursday in a reversal of the state open records office.

The 6-1 majority ruling said the forms are covered by an exception to the Right-to-Know Law that allows agencies to withhold criminal investigative records.

The case involves a February 2009 request by the Potter Leader-Enterprise for a complete incident report about a fight in Potter County. Commonwealth Court found that the incident report did not amount to a police blotter, which are public record, and therefore did not have to be released."
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