Longmont police pilot radio encryption

The Longmont police department (LPD), around the end of September of 2018, started testing the encryption of what was for decades an open police radio channel. LPD cites police officer safety, keeping personal information about domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault and child molestation victims off publicly accessible channels. Additionally, the radio silence is used to thwart criminals who were using the police radio information on police whereabouts to elude officers and commit more crime.

Editorial: Names of Longmont officers involved in shooting belong in the public record

Police officers sometimes find themselves in situations that necessitate the use of deadly force. But, because those officers engage in life-or-death interactions on our streets and in our neighborhoods, the community is owed a high degree of transparency and accountability related to officer actions. A tenet of such accountability is that law enforcement officials should publicly identify any officer who is involved in the fatal shooting of a suspect, whether or not the shooting was justified.

Goetz: What can be withheld?

Are law enforcers bound to give the press information following an incident? Can they pick and choose the information they give to us, or do Sunshine Laws include only documents such as a police record? Does anything other than politics and their good nature compel them to say anything?

Colorado could move to clear pre-legalization marijuana convictions statewide as soon as 2019

Interviews with a half-dozen state lawmakers and incoming Attorney General Phil Weiser indicate strong momentum for a move to clear all criminal records statewide for the tens of thousands of people convicted of low-level marijuana offenses — possession, use, possession of paraphernalia — prior to the passage of Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana in the state and won 55 percent of the vote.

Paonia considers legal options after CORA ruling

A little more than two weeks after District Court Judge Steven Schultz ruled that the Town of Paonia mishandled an open records request made by a former trustee, the town board met in executive session to discuss the outcome. The stated purpose of the closed meeting was to receive legal advice from town attorney Bo Nerlin specific to the case, which the town filed in 2017 against former trustee Bill Brunner on behalf of the Custodian of Record.

Colorado Springs campaign finance changes aimed at transparency

A measure due for final Council approval aims to amend the city’s code by requiring more disclosure of campaign funders and how the money is spent. But while many welcome the changes, others say a more far-reaching effort should be in order involving more than just Council.