Judge rules BYU police must comply with open records laws

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PROVO, Utah (News4Utah) – A third district judge ruled the police department at Brigham Young University is a considered a government entity and must comply with Utah’s open record laws.

That means any police report or information they have regarding a police investigation becomes public record.

“The court concludes that when BYUPD is acting as a law enforcement agency and/or its officers are acting as law enforcement officers, it is a governmental entity subject to GRAMA,” wrote Judge Laura S. Scott Friday.

The case stems from a Government Records Access and Management Act or (GRAMA) request and subsequent lawsuit filed by the Salt Lake Tribune in 2016.

The law enforcement  agency previously argued that since it was created and funded by BYU, a private university owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it was exempt from Utah’s open records laws because it didn’t fit the definition of a “government entity.” 

The judge is expected to make a more detailed ruling next week.

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