- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island State Police asking people who visit the barracks to submit a photo ID conflicts with the state open-records law.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1HIvCCx ) that police ask for the IDs so troopers can identify them and check for warrants. But the state Access to Public Records Act says people do not have to identify themselves to obtain public records.

State Police Col. Steven G. O’Donnell said Friday he’ll clarify the policy so troopers don’t request identification from people asking for public records.

O’Donnell also said he’ll develop a way to match anonymous requests, using a numeric system instead of relying on names.

He said he “enhanced” the policy of checking visitor IDs after the killings of police officers in Paris, New York and outside a Pennsylvania State Police barracks.


Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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