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12/30/04-Tyler

Tyler and Gilmer PD's Honored For FOI Compliance

A UT Tyler student survey found most government agencies in East Texas were not complying with the public information act. The act gives every citizen the right to request and review public records. Thursday, some of those students honored 2 agencies they say have done an outstanding job of offering information to citizens.
Members of the UT Tyler Press Club presented the Tyler and Gilmer Police Departments with awards.
Gilmer PD was named the "Most Improved" agency from the last survey conducted in 2002.
The group says Tyler PD has done an outstanding job overall of helping citizens with their requests. "Well obviously there's lots of cities and government agencies that don't do as good of a job," said Tyler Police Chief Gary Swindle. "So then that puts us in the forefront where we want to be, we think we're one of the best police agencies in the state and this just adds to that."
"We took what was found in 2002 and streamlined it," said Gilmer Police Chief James Grundon. "We changed policies and procedures that would allow us to get this information out quicker, without the red tape of going through the city attorney's office."
The UT Tyler Press Club plans to dedicate an award every 2 years to a government entity doing an outstanding job of upholding freedom of information.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com

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