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Unlike other police agencies in Northern Virginia, the Arlington County Police Department has a practice of charging for staff time associated with providing public information in cases large and small. On the left is a cost estimate of $31.16 for a six-line summary of a report police officials refuse to release. On the right is a cost estimate of $573.25 for all the Freedom of Information Act requests the police department received in a year.

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Public Information Comes at a Price in Arlington

Billing system includes $30 charge for six-line summary of secret investigation.

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