SLO County Sheriff's Department to destroy old records in routine cleanup

Personnel files of departed employees, expired permits to carry a concealed weapon, jail inmate grievance forms, and scores of other documents are being destroyed as part of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department purge of old records.

Sheriff’s Department spokesman Rob Bryn described the cleanup as routine and “nothing new.”

The purged records are “obsolete, and there is no persuasive rationale for (their) retention,” Sheriff Pat Hedges wrote in a report to the Board of Supervisors.

The county has had a records destruction policy since 1991, and it adheres to the state government code.

Among the records to be destroyed:

  • Megan’s Law request to view logs prepared prior to Jan. 1, 2008;
  • injury and accident reports prepared prior to Jan. 1, 2005;
  • documents related to citizen complaints resulting in an internal affairs investigation that was completed prior to Jan. 1, 2005;
  • routine video monitoring recorded prior to Jan. 1, 2009;
  • and recorded radio and telephone communications more than 100 days old.