“Police records pertaining to domestic violence cases are a powerful tool that can help survivors corroborate testimony and obtain restraining orders,” said Bucco (R-25). “By helping survivors of domestic violence access their police records, we are supporting their right to better protect themselves from their abuser. The passage of this potentially life-saving legislation increases the likelihood that perpetrators of these repulsive actions will be held accountable.”
Key components of A-5285/S-3708 include:
- Requiring copies of investigatory law enforcement records, such as photographs, footage from a body- or dash cam, 9-1-1 transcript or recording, and contents of their police report, to be made available upon request to a domestic violence victim or their legal representative;
- Mandating law enforcement agencies to provide copies of requested records within 10 calendar days of the victim’s request; and
- Releasing or unsealing expunged records at the request of an individual involved in a complaint related to domestic violence restraining order, weapons forfeiture, or temporary or final extreme risk protective order.
You can read the full version of the bill online.
To speak with Sen. Bucco about the legislation, please contact Chris Sivel, SRO Deputy Director of Communications at [email protected].