Managing the WI Open Records Act for Police Record
Length: 16 Hours
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton Campus
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- Wisconsin Open Records Act and related state and federal statutes and case law addressing restricted, privileged and confidential information.
- The right to personal privacy and requests for police records.
- Handling requests for investigation and informant information.
- Practical procedures for processing, approving, redacting and denying requests for information.
- Open Records Act file retention requirements, appeals procedures, and copy fees.
- News media relations and Open Records Act requests.
Upon completion of this training the participant will be able to:
Training Is Intended For:
- Apply the procedures necessary to make informed decisions regarding the release of information to the public and the news media.
- Analyze an Open Records request and respond in an appropriate, justifiable manner.
- Explain the “right to personal privacy” and how it applies to personal information.
- Identify personal privacy issues associated with police records and apply the “balancing test.”
- Identify the specific types of investigations, intelligence and informant information that are exempt for public inspection and copying.
- Justify the nondisclosure of police records information based upon statutory, case law and public policy principles.
- Develop an acceptable news media policy for the disclosure of police records information.
This training course is directed specifically toward police records. Attendees receive a comprehensive Training Manual containing relevant Wisconsin case law, information request response (denial) phrases, public policy justifications for withholding various records and information, and an annotated copy of the Open Records Act for future reference.