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New Orleans Police Agree to Speed Up Access to Incident Reports

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New Orleans Police Department agreed to make incident reports available to the Times Picayune after they have been reviewed by a supervisor and any sensitive information redacted. The access agreement resolves a lawsuit brought by the newspaper over delays in access to what police acknowledge is a public record. However police didn’t want to release the reports until officially filed at central headquarters, a process that takes up to two weeks. (5/26/08)