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PR 16-19 Niquette v. Woonsocket Police Department No Violation

The Complainant alleged the Woonsocket Police Department violated the APRA when it improperly denied his APRA request. The Complainant requested records concerning an incident where law enforcement officers were dispatched to his house, but did not concern the Complainant. This Department has consistently held that where an arrest has not taken place, there is a presumption that initial incident reports are exempt from public disclosure. See R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(D). The Complainant did not identify the public interest in the disclosure of these documents that he wished this Department to consider and no public interest is readily discernible from our review. Our review of the report reveals it contains, at least some, personal and sensitive information. These privacy interests therefore outweigh the public interest in disclosure of such a report. For these reasons, we find no violation.

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