Columbus – Today, Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) applauds the Ohio Supreme Court for ruling that campus police departments are a public office under the Ohio Revised Code and subject to disclosure under Ohio's Public Records Act.[1] The Court held that campus police departments are exercising a core function of government and must therefore comply with Ohio's Public Records Act.

"It is essential that we hold our campus police responsible and operating at the highest standards as public employees, especially when it comes to being transparent in their actions," stated Tavares. “In the wake of the University of Cincinnati's police officer shooting of a Cincinnati resident, it is important that the public knows they have a right to request that the school share records."

 

[1]  The State Ex Rel. Schiffbauer v. Banaszak Et Al. (142 Ohio St. 3d 535)

 
 
 
  
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