Thank you for your explanation, R.
I did not receive your first reply - I only received this below:I applied for a position with the Richmond Police Department. I am trying to decide if I will apply again with the same or another department. They always say no drug use in the past 12 months. I experimented when I was under 18 over 27 years ago. Not sure if I am required to answer questions about anything when I was a minor but the examiner always ask. (did you receive my first reply?)
On this website, I do not always get to give good news, and I am afraid that this is one of these times. The police have no 'statute' on how long they have to keep records. Presumably, they keep them indefinitely
One can clarify by simply calling and asking. It is not as though they would immediately put your file into the 'spotlight' if this is done.
Alternatively, one can do a FREEDOM of INFORMATION Request under § 2.2-3700 et seq. of the Code of Virginia, which guarantees record access with few caveats. Now, employee records are often restricted, but if one makes clear that one is requesting ONE's one record, this may be allowed. See here
. The police fall under this.
For a letter generator for the FOIA request, see here
I hope this helps and clarifies. Good luck.
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