Elrich’s Office, Union Defend Deal Letting Police Officers Review Requests For Internal Affairs Files

The office of Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and the county’s police union are defending an agreement signed this year that allows police officers to review the public’s requests for their personnel files, saying it is necessary to help prevent mistakes such as the release of personal information.

In 2021, the Maryland General Assembly passed Anton’s Law, which is designed to increase transparency in police departments by making sure that the internal affairs records of officers are made public. Previously, the records had been considered personnel records and were exempt from disclosure under the Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA). Anton’s Law took effect Oct. 1, 2021.

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