Elected Officials and Open Records Information
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WGNS Supports the open records laws in the state of Tennessee:
As per the state's Public Records Act, law enforcement accident reports are generally open records for medial and citizens to view. - T.C.A. § 55-10-108.
Motor vehicle accident reports retained by law enforcement agencies are subject to public inspection, except for information pertaining to automobile liability insurance contained in such reports (T.C.A. § 55-10-108 (f)).
The daily written records at police stations / law enforcement offices are presumably open records.
911 tapes are presumably open records for medial and the public. See Op. Att'y Gen. No. 93-65 (Nov. 29, 1993).
Investigatory records are closed. Tenn. R. Crim. P. 16.
The state high court has ruled that closed investigative files not relevant to pending or contemplated criminal action are not excepted by Rule 16.
Arrest records are presumably open record information, and compilations of criminal histories are presumably open records for the media and the public to view and have access to.
Records identifying victims are presumably open records.
Confessions are presumably open, if not part of an active investigatory file.
Mug shots, records identifying confidential informants, or records describing police techniques are presumably open unless contained in an active investigation file.
§ 10-7-512. Electronic mail communications systems - Monitoring of electronic mail communications -
(a) On or before July 1, 2000, the state or any agency, institution, or political subdivision thereof that operates or maintains an electronic mail communications system shall adopt a written policy on any monitoring of electronic mail communications and the circumstances under which it will be conducted.
(b) The policy shall include a statement that correspondence of the employee in the form of electronic mail may be a public record under the public records law and may be subject to public inspection under this part.