Records

The Records Section joins the Department's team of professionals and makes an important contribution to the delivery of services to the community. It maintains and protects the integrity of the thousands of criminal records in our files. All of our computerized files must be available for instant recall of accurate data. The Records Section must comply with state and federally mandated regulations and procedures to assure the confidentiality of individual matters.

According to the Public Records Act (RCW 42.56), the City  must make available for public inspection and copying all public records, unless the record falls within a specific exemption which exempts or prohibits disclosure of specific information or records. To the extent required to prevent an unreasonable invasion of personal privacy interests protected by the Public Records Act, the City delete identifying details in a manner consistent with the Public Records Act when it makes available or publishes any public record. In each case, however, the City must fully explain, in writing, the justification for the deletion.

Police Body Worn Camera Recordings

To request a body-worn camera recording, please fill out an online request. State law requires the Police Department to retain all recordings for at least sixty days. After this sixty-day period, the Police Department deletes recordings in accordance with the applicable records retention schedule.

According to state law, a request for a body worn camera recording must:

  • Specifically identify a name of a person or persons involved in the incident
  • Provide the incident or case number
  • Provide the date, time, and location of the incident or incidents, or
  • Identify a law enforcement officer involved in the incident

Within five business days after the receipt of a request, the City's Public Records Officer will do one or more of the following:

  • Make requested records available for inspection or copying
  • Acknowledge the receipt of request and provide a reasonable estimate of when requested records will be available
  • Seek clarification of unclear requests
  • Deny the request and cite the legal exemption
  • Common Exemptions related to body-worn camera recording: RCW 42.56.240(14)

Police Records

To obtain a police record, please fill out an online request or mail in a printed request(PDF).

Charges for Copies of Public Records

  • There is no charge for inspecting public records. Black and white copies (8 1/2 by 11) are $0.15 per page.
  • Mailing includes actual cost of postage and shipping container.
  • A DVD/CD is $15
  • If the requested number of records is large, the City may charge a deposit of up to 10% of the estimated cost of an entire request before copying records. Also, the City may provide the requested records in installments.

Additional Information

For more information regarding requests for public records, view the information provided by Washington's Attorney General.