Danville Express

Community Pulse - January 19, 2007

Danville police 'have nothing to hide'

The Danville police chief vented his disappointment over a story run last week in a local daily newspaper that portrayed his fellow officers being "intimidating" or "aversive" when the public requests information.

The article said law enforcement agencies in the Bay Area are often difficult when the public requests information. The story gave the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office a grade "D" in making public records available.

The Danville Police Department is contracted through the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office but maintains its records in its Danville facility at 510 La Gonda Way.

"When you read the article, it appears I have something to hide," said Danville Police Chief Chris Wenzel.

"I have nothing to hide," he added. "My partners and other chiefs feel the same way."

Wenzel said he and the Danville Police Department want to work with the media. However, because they have to follow laws, they can only release a certain amount of information to the public.

"The laws have been established in both ways in protection of the suspect and the citizen," he said. "The suspects have certain rights. There's so much information."

For information regarding Alamo, Diablo and Blackhawk, the public has to go to the Sheriff's Office in Martinez to retrieve items from police bulletins although it provides hands-on law enforcement from its Valley Station in Alamo Plaza.

-Jordan M. Doronila


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