Secret police: Virginia considers keeping officer names hidden to protect them from danger as officials say there is growing contempt towards law enforcement

Thursday, February 25, 2016
By Paul Martin

Bill has been introduced in the Virginia Senate in response to court ruling
It would see the names of all police officers kept secret from public
Supporters say it will protect officers who are facing threats to safety
But critics say it will make the police force in Virginia less accountable
25 February 2016

Officials in Virginia are to consider a bill that would see the names of police officers be kept secret from the media and public.

The bill was introduced in response to a recent court ruling directing the state to turn over the names and employment dates of thousands of law enforcement officials to newspaper The Virginian-Pilot.

The paper has said it’s seeking to determine whether problem officers who leave a department land a job at another agency.

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