The Virginia Freedom of Information Act requires that the following information related to employees of the City of Norfolk and Norfolk Police Department be released when requested: a person’s name, position, job classification, official salary, or (for hourly employees) rate of pay of, and information on any allowances or reimbursements paid to them. This applies to requests for information on individual employees and to requests for lists of multiple employees. To protect the privacy of City and NPD employees, no other personnel-related information is generally disclosed, including records of administrative investigations into allegations of wrong-doing by law-enforcement.
To protect the privacy of victims and witnesses, the Norfolk Police Department does not routinely release any identifying information on them, including their names, addresses or license plate numbers.
If a law enforcement record concerns a juvenile, the record is routinely withheld under Virginia Code 16.1-301, which says that such records are “protected against disclosure to any unauthorized person.” In most cases, these records “shall not be open to public inspection nor their contents disclosed to the public.”
To protect the integrity of ongoing criminal investigations, the Norfolk Police Department does not routinely release information included in criminal investigative files. After a criminal case is adjudicated or otherwise closed, other exemptions to information in the case file may apply.
To protect the privacy and safety of people receiving services, the City of Norfolk does not routinely release information about people receiving social services.
To protect the attorney-client privilege and attorney work product, the City of Norfolk routinely withholds from release legal advice and work of its attorneys.
To protect the financial interest of the City, the City of Norfolk routinely withholds information relating to the negotiation and award of a specific contract where competition or bargaining is involved before the award of the contract. After the award, proprietary information and trade secret information is routinely withheld.
The Virginia Freedom of Information Act does not require a governmental body to create records, to do legal research, or to answer questions about the records we might provide.