Changing Laws Affecting Public Records Requests In California

GovQA’s forward-thinking information exchange solution for simplified public records compliance is adaptable and continuously updated with proactive enhancements based on changing laws — such as California’s SB 1421 & AB 748, passed in 2019, which significantly expanded the types of records that law enforcement agencies were required to release.  

Do More with Compliance Solutions for Law Enforcement

These California laws require public access to the following types of peace officer personnel records previously available only through the Pitchess procedure (The law is retroactive): 

Investigative Reports

Photos, audio, video, transcripts

Autopsy Reports

All materials compiled & presented to DA

Open the infographic above to download it for personal use, or use the share buttons below to share to social media.

View Infographic

If you’re a California Public Safety Organization, ask us about our SB 1421 Package (Compliance Solutions for Law Enforcement CPRA):

  • Built-in SB 1421 deflection methods, making it possible to avoid overly broad, redundant, or disallowed requests before they’re submitted
  • Redaction software to mask sensitive personnel info directly within the system
  • Automatically send staff alerts prior to 60 day mark and requester notice every 180 days while records are withheld
  • Automatically create activities to check whether criminal investigations remain open, then disclose or continue to withhold as the law mandates
  • GovQA’s Fortress Security on Microsoft Azure Government for CJIS compliance
  • Proactive page setup: release retroactive records

DID YOU KNOW?  Some FOIA software companies take shortcuts with their redaction tools by linking to out-of-the-box Adobe redaction tools instead of going the extra mile to create their own tool set. Why should you care?

Using Adobe redaction (instead of an in-tool solution like GovQA) breaks the audit trail the moment users open Adobe — and it opens a hole in the security when users upload and download files to and from Adobe.

See GovQA In Action

Interested in how GovQA can help you reduce request volume? Contact GovQA for more information about our Deflection technology today!

Request Demo

Learn more about California’s Public Records Act (CPRA) and download the guide here.