February 8, 2008, by
On January 28, 2008, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Lloyd Connelly issued an Order requiring the Commission on Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) to disclose any and all information on every California peace officer it has in its database. The information that POST was ordered to provide was everything that it may have on each peace officer, including name, rank, wage, annual earnings, hours worked, and any other data stored in its system that would be subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act. California public agencies are stunned because this Order does not distinguish among the officers in any way, including, for example, those assigned to high-risk operations such as undercover narcotics, street gang, auto theft, and prostitution task forces. In addition, the Order does not allow for the redaction or withholding of this information for officers involved in high-risk assignments.
Meyers Nave is in the process of preparing motions to intervene in this case, L.A. Times v. POST (Sacramento Superior Court Action No. 03CS01077). Intervention must be done quickly, however, based upon the Court's Order that POST must file notice with the Court on February 15, 2008, informing the Court and the L.A. Times if it will comply with the Order to disclose, or if it would like to proceed further on the merits of the underlying action. If you would like additional information, please feel free to contact Trish Hynes at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 510-808-2000. More information to follow...