By Holly Wise
Killeen Daily Herald
COPPERAS COVE - The Police Department's media policy and access to public information procedures are found in a document that falls under the general order of the department.
An open records request must be submitted to gain approval to peruse the document.
"The way it works here is anytime anyone wants a case report, we'll provide them with a public version of a police report," CCPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Kevin Keller said.
The information on the public version is scant and only provides the offense, date and time.
For a person to gain access to a full police report, an open records request must be filed, which is submitted to the city attorney for approval. Requests can be filled out at the department's headquarters.
Though the media policy could not be immediately released Friday because of the delay of filing an open records request, Keller said information in the document outlines the protocol officers follow when talking to media representatives.
According to the document, types of information that cannot be released are identities and descriptions of juvenile offenders; the sexual assault or abuse of a juvenile; witnesses; blood analysis or lab results; identification or description of witnesses; and any information based on speculation.
Information that is given to the public includes names, identifying information, arresting officers, charges, location of offense, dates and times of offenses, bond information, offenses, addresses of offenses and property or vehicles involved.
Keller releases information to the media after press releases are approved by the police chief.
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