Gonzalez v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Administrative Services
Requested records disclosing such things as the University of Connecticut police department shift schedule, hours, officer assignment and equipment assigned to officers for a certain time period, constituted logs or other documents that contain information on the movement or assignment of security personnel within the meaning of C.G.S. §1-210(b)(19)(vii) and reasonable grounds existed to believe that disclosure of such records may result in a safety risk. Hector Gonzalez appealed to the Freedom of Information Commission alleging that the commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services violated the Freedom of Information Act by failing to comply with his request for a copy of the daily schedule of the University of Connecticut police department for specified days in 2011 and the bid schedule for Oct. 2011 through Jan. 2012. The FOIC found that, in general the daily schedule contains information given to officers during roll call and discloses which officers are off duty. In general, the bid schedule is a four month schedule that discloses which officers will be off duty during those months and which officers are assigned to work together. The FOIC found that the requested records disclose the shift schedule, hours, which officers are assigned to each shift, handwritten notes regarding assignments and equipment that may be assigned to an officer. The FOIC concluded that the requested records were logs or other documents that contain information on the movement or assignment of security personnel within the meaning of C.G.S. §1-210(b)(19)(vii). The complainant unsuccessfully contended that the old schedule would have little value to a person with criminal intent, that he and other officers had been given copies in the past and the information is obtainable from various other sources. The FOIC reviewed a copy of the records in camera and concluded that the respondent had reasonable grounds to believe that disclosure of the requested records may result in a safety risk, including the risk of harm to any person within the meaning of C.G.S. §1-210(b)(19). The requested records were found permissibly exempt. The respondent did not violate the FOIA as alleged and the complaint was dismissed.