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.