The following press release has been issued by Marco Island Police Department, Police Captain David S. Baer:
An informed public often finds itself in a position to trust or build trust in its government. With this concept in mind, I would like to brief you on an ongoing situation with the Marco Island Police Department. On August 5th, a local media representative made a public records request for communications between city officials, as well as copies of documents that were allegedly removed from a Department member’s personnel file. A preliminary review of the circumstances described leads me to believe the question(s) justify a further formal inquiry. I have briefed the City Manager and been in communication with the City Attorney, who concurs with my course of action to date. It is far too early to suggest any policy violations or policy failures. The purpose of this communication is to provide early and detailed information, to prevent surprises with corresponding concern and/or disappointment due to a lack of information – in the spirit of proactive transparency.
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