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FOIA: What Police and Fire Departments Must Know

Municipal Training Westport Police Department

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

FOIA: What Police and Fire Departments Must Know

Westport Town Hall
110 Myrtle Avenue
Westport, CT 06880

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m.


Your police and fire departments are well trained to respond to emergencies. Are they as prepared to respond to the requirements of FOIA?

Connecticut's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) details requirements for public meetings, with special provisions affecting public safety personnel. In this unique program designed specifically for local Police and Fire departments, attendees will learn about:

  • Requirements for public access, recordkeeping, and release of information
  • Employment issues including collective bargaining and personnel, medical and investigative files
  • Law enforcement & security exemptions to FOIA

Make sure public safety providers are well-versed in the requirements of FOIA to avoid costly and embarrassing complaints. 


Overview of the Freedom of Information Act

  • FOIA and Public Safety
  • Basic Requirements: Meetings and Records
  • Overview of Police Employment Issues

Employment Issues Under FOIA

  • Collective Bargaining
  • Testing and Selection of Employees
  • Personnel, Medical, and Investigative Files

Law Enforcement Records Under FOIA

  • Law Enforcement Records Exemptions
  • Arrest and Conviction Records
  • Juvenile Records


  • Mayors/First Selectmen
  • Town/City Managers
  • Police Chiefs, Police Officers, & Staff
  • Fire Chiefs & Staff
  • New Supervisors
  • Risk Managers
  • Municipal Attorneys

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Lisa Banatoski Mehta
Shipman & Goodwin, LLP

Henry J. Zaccardi, Esq.
Shipman & Goodwin LLP

Tom Hennick
FOI Commission

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  • FREE to CCM-Members

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