June 17: Webinar on accessing police records

SPJVA is co-sponsoring a webinar at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, about House Bill 2004 — a new state law designed to provide a measure of access to inactive criminal investigative files. We’re teaming up with the Virginia Coalition for Open Government in presenting this how-to workshop.

In the webinar, we’ll dissect the bill to explain how it is intended to work and how it interacts with other parts of FOIA. We’ll also offer tips and strategies for asking for records under the statute that takes effect July 1. The bill was sponsored by Del Chris Hurst, a former journalist.

The workshop is free but you must register. We plan to record the event and post the video on our website.

Published by SPJ Virginia Pro

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