“It’s designed to protect people,” Fort Smith Police Chief Randy Reed said of the act.
“But, when you’ve got the human factor, it’s so easy to overlook something.
There’s always the possibility you missed something.”
There’s one part of the FOI law Reed especially doesn’t like; it doesn’t require a person requesting records to give a reason.
Sometimes people ask for a personnel file to get back at an officer who arrested them, he
“It’s very unfair to a person (officer) who’s done nothing,” Reed
said that when a request for an officer’s personnel file is made, the department notifies the employee, who can then seek an attorney general’s opinion.