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What are common Exemptions the Police Department may apply?
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The following are some of the most commonly encountered exemptions: 119.071 FS:
  • Active Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Information: Section 119.071(2)(c)1., F.S., exempts active criminal intelligence information and active criminal investigative information from public inspection.
  • Crash Reports:  Section 316.066(5) F.S.,states motor vehicle crash reports are confidential for a period of 60 days after the report is filed. However, such reports may be made immediately available to the parties involved in the crash, their legal representatives, their insurance companies and agents, prosecutorial authorities, law enforcement agencies, county traffic operations, victim services programs, and certain print and broadcast media as described in the exemption.
  • 911 Calls:  Section 365.171(12), F.S., provides, with limited exception, that any record, recording, or information, or portions thereof, obtained by a public agency for the purpose of providing services in an emergency which reveals the name, address, or telephone number or personal information about, or information which may identify any person requesting emergency service or reporting an emergency by accessing an emergency communications E911 system is confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1), F.S.
  • Juvenile Offender Records:  Juvenile offender records traditionally have been considered confidential and treated differently from other records in the criminal justice system. With limited exceptions, s. 985.04(1), F.S.,
  • "Law Enforcement Personnel Information:  Section 119.071(4)(d)2., F.S., exempts but does not make confidential certain information relating to past and present law enforcement officers and their families by excluding from public inspection: The home addresses, telephone numbers, social security numbers, dates of birth and photographs of active or former sworn or civilian law enforcement personnel, including correctional and correctional probation officers, . . . and the names, home addresses, telephone numbers, social security numbers, photographs, dates of birth, and places of employment of the spouses and children of such personnel; and the names and locations of schools and day care facilities attended by the children of such personnel… .  "
  • Social Security Numbers:  Section 119.071(5)(a)5., F.S., states that social security numbers held by an agency are confidential and may not be disclosed except as authorized in the statute.
  • Undercover Personnel:  Section 119.071(4)(c), F.S., provides that any information revealing undercover personnel of a criminal justice agency is exempt from public disclosure.
  • Child Abuse and Sexual Offense Victims:  Section 119.071(2)(h)1., F.S., provides confidentiality for information which would reveal the identity of victims of sexual offenses prohibited in Chs. 794, 796, 800, 827 or 847, F.S., or of child abuse as defined in Ch. 827, F.S."
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