Thank you for your patience. We have reviewed your request for “DOC communications division roster please.”
Your request was made pursuant to the California Public Records Act (the Act). The Department is cognizant of its responsibilities under the Act. It recognizes the statutory scheme was enacted to maximize citizen access to the workings of government. The Act does not mandate disclosure of all documents within the government’s possession. Rather, by specific exemption and reference to other statutes, the Act recognizes that there are boundaries where the public’s right to access must be balanced against such weighty considerations as the right of privacy, a right of constitutional dimension under California Constitution, Article 1, Section 1. The law also exempts from disclosure records that are privileged or confidential or otherwise exempt under either express provisions of the Act or pursuant to applicable federal or state law, per California Government Code Sections 6254(b); 6254(c); 6254(f); 6254(k); and 6255.
The Department conducted a search for DOC communications division roster and responds to your request as follows:
To the extent that the Department has any records responsive to your request, they are exempt from disclosure because they contain official information. Section 6254(k) of the California Government Code exempts records that are exempt from disclosure under federal or state law, including but not limited to provisions of the Evidence Code relating to privilege. Evidence Code Section 1040 declares an official information privilege for information acquired in confidence by a public agency when the public interest in disclosing the information is outweighed by the public interest in keeping the information confidential. The Department has a strong interest in maintaining the confidentiality of these records as disclosure of this information to the public could potentially endanger the Department’s operation, the safety of its officers and the public. Similarly, the Department asserts Government Code Section 6255 based on this same need to retain confidentiality of said records. Therefore, we are denying your request.
Thank you again for your patience. If you have any questions, please respond to this email.
LAPD Discovery Section, CPRA Unit