Yaphank - (WALK) A county attorney must give concent before the release of any confidential personnel records involving Suffolk police, according to a recent settlement between Suffolk County and its largest police union.
The settlement also requires a grievance procedure be implemented to settle disputes, acording to the Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association. The PBA represents approximately 1,600 members.
PBA representatives say the ruling upholds a 40-year state law forbidding public disclosure of personnel and internal affairs investigations.
The PBA filed suit in October, 2013 seeking "preliminary and permanent injunctions requiring the county to protect from inspection, review and/or disclosure current and former police officers' protected employment and personnel records." A county attorney reportedly confirmed the suit was settled in June.
The suit was filed several days after Newsday published findings of an internal affairs investigation of Suffolk Chief of Department James Burke. The 1995 report detailed then-Sergeant Burke had lost his sidearm twice, and had engaged in an intimate relationship with a known prostitute, according to published accounts.