The idea that a public document reviewed or collected by a researcher in Iowa can be considered confidential forever is a relatively new interpretation of the law and one that makes it impossible for the public to politicize the police, an author of the forty-year-old state. the old public records law and a defender of state records say.

Wow Law Enforcement in Iowa has for decades made records in general, such as full police reports and 911 transcripts that were available to the public after an investigation was completed, noted Randy Evans, Director of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council, a non-profit organization .

But in recent years, several law enforcement agencies in Iowa have claimed that any record that is part of their research file – even secondary records produced by other bodies that are not directly related to a case – should always be considered confidential.