ALBANY, N.Y. - The New York City Police Department will not have to release its disciplinary records.

The state's highest court this week ruled to uphold laws that protect police from having to turn over these documents.

The New York Civil Liberties Union had sued for access under the Freedom of Information Law.

The NYCLU says the court's decision prevents officers from being held accountable for misconduct.

Police union officials are applauding the ruling.

They say it protects officers' safety, and the confidentiality of their personnel records.