Rochester city officials have announced that the police, law and communications departments are working to create an online database of police department disciplinary records in response to the repeal of Section 50a of New York State Civil Service Law.
Under the recent legislation, such records are accessible by filing a Freedom of Information (FOIL) request. The city has already received a number of requests for disciplinary records. The new database will ultimately make access to such records much more expedient for the public.
“We have already received a number of FOILs asking for such records, including one for all RPD disciplinary records,” city Communications Director Justin Roj said in a news release.
“This new database will allow everyone to access these records without the delay of processing a FOIL request,” he said.
City officials hope to have the database up and running by the end of the year.