Access To Police Records In Virginia

Access To Police Records In Virginia

Transparency advocates would like greater public access to police records throughout the Commonwealth, while law enforcement officials worry making case files public could endanger victims and witnesses. We'll consider both sides of the issue and whether there's common ground to be found.

When does confidentiality trump the public's right to know? Virginia received an "F" in a State Integrity Investigation analysis of all 50 state's laws and practices related to government transparency and corruption. Transparency advocates want greater public access to police records, while law enforcement officials worry making case files public could endanger victims and witnesses. We'll consider both sides of the issue and whether there's common ground to be found.

Guests

Michael Pope

Northern Virginia reporter, WAMU; political reporter, Connection Newspapers; Author, "Hidden History of Alexandria, D.C." (The History Press)

Dana Schrad

Executive Director, Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police

Daniel Metcalfe

executive director, Collaboration on Government Secrecy at American University’s Washington College of Law

John Edwards

Virginia State Senator (D-21)

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