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    CA Freedom of Information Act Help?

    Hi ALL

    If anyone has seen some of my posts or some of my UOC experiences with police. They will understand why i am starting this thread.

    I have seen some posts on this site that discuss in passing information obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). I would like to start gathering information from the two LEO encounters i have had in Long Beach. Dose anyone have advice or procedures to obtain info such as 911 calls, dispatch tapes, police reports, post report training or memos from police?

    I am asking for help and will be doing my own research in the mean time. I will post updates and info I find here so that others can find this useful.

    What I have so far:

    http://www.longbeach.gov/civica/file...p?BlobID=26554

    http://www.longbeach.gov/attorney/re...ts/default.asp
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    It's actually called the California Public Records Act. While it has a different name and is the state level version of FOIA, it does essentially the same thing.

    http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/di...file=6250-6270

    Some agencies have a form they can have you fill out to request records, but in most cases you have to write a letter requesting by description what records you want access to. While it doesnt cost anything to look, you may have to pay for copies or duplication.

    They have a certain time limit to respond and the law keeps them accountable if they dont respond. Some records can be withheld if there is a compelling reason; such as the identity of minors as victims- but more pertinent to our uses, the records we seek might be protected if it is the subject of an ongoing investigation. This is why we should compel the authorities to share their records before filing a complaint. Because once you file a complaint, its possible that the records you seek will be withheld on the basis that an internal investigation prohibits their release.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanburbridge View Post
    Hi ALL

    If anyone has seen some of my posts or some of my UOC experiences with police. They will understand why i am starting this thread.

    I have seen some posts on this site that discuss in passing information obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). I would like to start gathering information from the two LEO encounters i have had in Long Beach. Dose anyone have advice or procedures to obtain info such as 911 calls, dispatch tapes, police reports, post report training or memos from police?

    I am asking for help and will be doing my own research in the mean time. I will post updates and info I find here so that others can find this useful.

    What I have so far:
    Check the PD website to see if they have a standard form.

    Say you want to review the documents before they copy or deliver them so you don't get hit with huge fees.

    Here's an example filled out PRAR you can use as an example: http://www.southbayopencarry.org/wp-...-9-15-10v2.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by hgreen View Post
    Check the PD website to see if they have a standard form.

    Say you want to review the documents before they copy or deliver them so you don't get hit with huge fees.

    Here's an example filled out PRAR you can use as an example: http://www.southbayopencarry.org/wp-...-9-15-10v2.pdf
    Thanks I have limited time but will keep at it! Long Beach has a form online. Added links above.

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