City eyes destruction of old Fairfield police records

By From page A5 | July 12, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Five-year-old records about investigations of citizen complaints against officers are among Fairfield Police Department documents proposed for destruction.

The complaint records do not include any officers involved in pending litigation. The record destruction schedule follows a policy the City Council approved in 2012, a staff report states.

Warning records about school parking will be destroyed through June 30, 2012.

Councilman John Mraz, who served in the Fairfield Police Department from 1965-86, said the record destruction is necessary because of the number of documents.

“You have to understand how may reports come in to the Police Department,” he said.

Between 20,000 to 30,000 reports a year can be filed, Mraz said.

City Manager David White said Fairfield keeps what it’s required to retain.

“We only destroy what we legally can,” he said.

City Council members take up the matter at their 6 p.m. meeting Tuesday in the chamber at the Civic Center, 1000 Webster St.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • skeletons in your closetJuly 12, 2014 - 12:41 am

    Cops are smart, they know to get rid of incriminating evidence.

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  • DumbassesJuly 12, 2014 - 6:16 am

    I agree with you, they get rid of complaints filed on the corrupt cops but probably have paper work from 20+ years of wrongly/stupid misdemeanor charged citizens

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  • ThemisJuly 12, 2014 - 7:41 am

    There is no reason these records cannot be archived electronically and the paper records destroyed. Electronic storage of paperless records can be printed only if needed. No storage facilities are needed so that expense is eliminated. Cloud storage is much more secure than hard copy paper storage because of security and redundancy. Organized filing system and search tools also make finding files much easier. I say no to destruction and yes to scanning and saving electronically.

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