Utah: Should Brigham Young University’s police department be subject to Utah’s open records law? A judge will soon decide.

A judge is deciding whether Brigham Young University’s police department should be required to comply with Utah’s open records laws.

The law enforcement arm of the private university, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has contended that it is exempt from state records laws — and the Utah Records Committee agreed.

The Salt Lake Tribune in 2016 filed a lawsuit in 3rd District Court, arguing that the police force should be open to public records requests because it has “full-spectrum” law enforcement authority under state law. This means BYU officers may stop, search, arrest and use physical force against people, just as any other sworn officer in the state — but currently BYU police do not face the same requirements for transparency. Read more…