Thursday, January 29, 2015

City eyes destruction of old Fairfield police records

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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