RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia State Police launched a new website designed to aid the public with submitting and tracking Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests related to the Department.
Effective Oct. 1, the public may now use the web-based public records portal to submit their FOIA requests. The records management system also is available to attorneys to upload subpoena duces tecums and discovery requests. However, the site is not for submission of subpoena duces tecums related to criminal histories.
“Within the first nine months of 2020, our Office of Legal Affairs has received, processed and responded to more than 3,180 FOIA requests for Virginia State Police records. Public record, subpoena and discovery requests have been steadily increasing in recent years. This new online records management system will not only be of great benefit to requesters, but also streamlines the FOIA process within our statewide agency and helps the Department to more efficiently process and respond to requests.”Col. Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent
According to Virginia State Police, the new website is a secure platform that enables a requester to complete a simple form to submit a FOIA request to the Virginia State Police.
The new website features a Frequently Asked Questions page to help requesters with understanding their FOIA rights, how to submit a request, costs, contacts, list of FOIA exemptions as granted by the Code of Virginia, and a link to the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council.
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