PA court rules police officer records are private

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 8, 2014 12:19 PM
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(Pittsburgh) -- A Pennsylvania court says a newspaper can't get a list of the state's accredited municipal and state police officers because of concerns that officials wouldn't be able to prevent the release of the names of those who are working undercover.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Commonwealth Court ruled against it and overturned the Office of Open Records, which had said the list should be released with undercover names redacted.

The majority opinion says the Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission had shown that it would be hard to protect those officers because it doesn't know who's working undercover.

The decision says that to safely release the list, the state police would have to coordinate with more than 1,100 municipal law enforcement agencies, thereby creating a new record.

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