Providing Information & Protecting Citizens

In the interest of publishing the most current and accurate data on this website – and to protect private citizens – the following request was sent to the new Reynoldsburg police chief:

“Please confirm that the following information is correct.  (Other private citizens may not appreciate their personal information being published by mistake.)  Please also provide the missing information for some of the officers below.” September 21, 2012

The new Reynoldsburg police chief would not assist with providing information, and responded by quoting Ohio’s Sunshine Laws that only apply to local government agencies – if the local government agency chooses to use them:

“I cannot confirm that the information provided below is correct, nor can I provide the missing information you requested. The requested information is not a public record. The residential and familial information of listed safety officers may be withheld from disclosure pursuant to  ORC 149.43 (a)(1)(p); ORC 149.43 (A)(7)(a) ; ORC 149.43 (A)(7)(c).” ~ Chief Jim O’Neill, Reynoldsburg Division of Police, September 25, 2012

The Ohio Attorney General’s office confirmed that the Sunshine Laws are simply guidelines for local government agencies:

“The Attorney General cannot investigate or enforce the Ohio Public Records Act or dictate how local government agencies and/or private citizens choose to operate under it.  However, the General Assembly designed the Ohio Public Records Act (Ohio Revised Code 149.43) to be a ‘self-help’ law.” ~ Kristen Montgomery, Office of Ohio Attorney General, August 31, 2012

The Columbus City Attorney’s office confirmed that the Sunshine Laws are not prosecuted:

“The Sunshine Laws are applicable to this office in the sense that they guide whether or not this office needs to disclose particular information upon a public records request, but the sunshine laws are not criminal prohibitions.  In other words, there is no criminal offense in 149.43 to prosecute.” ~ Lara N. Baker, Chief Prosecutor, Columbus City Attorney, September 5, 2012

Ohio Sunshine Law Manual http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/yellowbook

INFORMATION COLLECTION & ACCURACY:

All of the information presented on this website is either a matter of public record, or is available for purchase from commercial sources.  (It is important to note that similar information is publicly available regarding every person in the United States; the same sources which law enforcement uses to investigate private citizens; often without probable cause.)  This site makes no guarantee as to its accuracy of the data contained herein.  As everyone knows, some of these databases themselves are notoriously unreliable.  This site has attempted to be as accurate as these databases will allow and all persons listed are welcome to contact us about inaccuracies.  Anonymous requests will be honored.  In cases of dispute that cannot be resolved, an effort will be made to allow individuals listed to present their side on our database, in a similar fashion that the law now requires of credit reporting agencies on credit reports.

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2 Responses to “Providing Information & Protecting Citizens”

  1. Figure iIt Out March 28, 2013 at 12:07 am #

    Only an imposter with something to hide uses an alias…

    • scottyr77 March 28, 2013 at 1:37 am #

      … said the mayor using an alias.

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