What Information is Generally Not Available

What Information is Generally Not Available to the Media?

  • Identity or address of witnesses and victims
  • Identity of juveniles under the age of 18, unless charged as an adult*
  • Medical conditions, unless permission is specifically given by the victim or the victim's family (HIPAA)
  • Information which, if prematurely released, may interfere with an investigation or apprehension of a suspect, such as the nature of leads, specifics of an "MO," details of the crime known only to the perpetrator or police, or information that may cause the suspect to flee or avoid arrest
  • Information that would disclose investigative techniques or would endanger the life or safety of law enforcement personnel
  • Evidence that may adversely affect a court proceeding
  • Status of persons turned over to the custody of Health and Welfare, such as mental hold or child custody situations†
  • Results of any investigative procedure, such as line ups, polygraph tests, ballistic tests, etc.
  • The identities of suspects before their arrest absent a warrant, unless the release is necessary for public assistance in apprehension or to warn of danger
  • The contents of a statement by the accused
*Child protection matters are also protected by law. Children taken into protective custody for whatever reason are provided protection of their identities and status under state and federal statutes.

†Police officers routinely deal with people who have diagnosed or suspected mental illness. This is a medical condition protected under the medical records provision of the public records act. The Police Department may only be able to refer you to the Department of Health and Welfare; however, they too are restricted in providing information due to patient's privacy rights.