Want to know your police department’s policies and procedures in Austin, Texas? Go online and download the entire 752 page document.
Live in College Station, TX and seeking the same information?
First you’ll need to fill out an open records request. We did just that.
The most information on College Station Police Department policies and procedures that is available semi-immediately is as follows:
“Your Open Records request for the Police Department Policy Manual has been referred to the Legal Department for response. Various portions of the policy manual are not releasable per prior AG rulings. Could you possibly narrow your request to a specific topic you are seeking? It might be that portion is easily releasable without sending the entire manual to the Texas Attorney General’s Office. I will await your response before processing your request.”
Our response: “Need the entire manual. Many police departments publish theirs online. Can’t imagine what the AG would rule confidential in a police department policy manual.”
Whatever they are hiding from public view, or attempting to obscure, is tangential. They might just be responding to the inquiry in a manner their policy dictates.
The key question is not what are they hiding from the public they are tasked with serving, but why anything in police policies should not be open to public review.
Should the College Station Police Department keep some of their policies and practices secret and all of them unpublished to the general public in the community? Or should CSPD publish them online like many departments to?
Please comment with your ideas and opinions.