In seeking to learn about compliance with the state\’s Freedom of Information laws, three newspapers checked on 11 state police troops and 92 local police departments in a comprehensive look across the state.
Some police departments refused to release any information about arrests during the spot check, while others – like West Hartford – complied with the law by releasing arrest logs without ever asking whether the person seeking the information was a reporter.
The New Haven police department\’s chief spokesman, David Hartman, was quoted as saying, \”Whether you are entitled to it, I don’t know. In my entire time here, no reporter or news agency has ever requested an arrest log. … You are not going to generally fish through our arrest logs, because there are too many situations where that information is not for the public to know. We keep secrets here.”