Any person may make a public records request for agency records.
The more specific your request, the quicker staff can locate the record in question.
If you are not aware of the title of a specific record, information such as subject matter, dates, location, persons/issues involved, etc. will help staff to locate any records responsive to a specific request.
You may make a public records request:
- In person at the Clallam County Sheriff's Office
- By calling 360-504-1262 and making your request over the phone
- Using the button below to make an online request.
For any individual request, total costs up to and including $10 shall be waived.
- Fees are calculated based on the approved Record Fee Schedule 110-A (PDF)
No fee is charged for the inspection of public records (appointment required).
Body Worn Camera (BWC) footage is a public record that has unique parameters as per RCW 42.56.250.
BWC requests must include one or more of the following:
- 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 or corrections officer involved in the incident or incidents.
While standard exemptions apply to BWC footage, video and audio redactions are more time consuming and fees are charged according to actual time spent. You are entitled to receive BWC footage free of charge if you are:
- A person directly involved in the incident recorded by the requested BWC
- An attorney representing a person directly involved in an incident recorded by the requested BWC
- A person or his or her attorney who requests a BWC recording relevant to a criminal case involving that person
- The executive director from either the Washington state commission on African American affairs, Asian Pacific American affairs, or Hispanic affairs
If none of the above categories apply, your request will be charged according to this justification study and the below fee schedule.
|Redaction Method||Estimated Cost per Minute to Redact||Minutes to Redact Per Minute of Raw Footage||Estimated Cost of Redaction Per Minute of Raw Footage|
|Targeted Video Redaction with our without Targeted Audio Redaction||$0.73 per individual or object redacted||10 per individual or object redacted||$7.30 per individual or object redacted|
|Targeted Audio Redaction Alone||$0.73||5||$3.65|
|Screen Blur or Screen Blackout||$0.73||1 minute per segment||$0.73/segment|
If your request has a large volume of responsive records, you may be asked to pay a portion of the estimated costs up front.
Public records may be released with portions redacted to protect information legally exempt from disclosure.
Exemptions are generally intended to prevent invasion of privacy and the use of public records for personal, commercial, or political gain. Further, exemptions are intended to restrict disclosure of some details within specific areas of the law, such as criminal non-conviction data and the protection of health care information. Some of the information that may be exempt includes:
- Information regarding agency personnel and volunteers, such as home phone numbers, home addresses, and employment applications
- Social security numbers
- Examination test scores
- Victim/Witness identification
- Non-conviction data
- Health Diagnosis
- Certain investigative records
Note: This is not a complete list of exemptions. Each individual redaction will have a corresponding exemption cited.
Not All Records are Public Records
Records contained within an inmate file or medical chart are not public records, and can only be disclosed to the inmate or their authorized representative, or by court order.
Inmate file records, as defined in the City and County Jails Act (RCW 70.48.100), may be requested through the same routes as public records, and are subject to the same fee schedule. Additional documentation will be requested proving your legal access to the records.
Medical records are governed by both HIPAA and RCW 70.02, and may be requested in person or by email, and may be disclosed via hardcopy or CD. Medical records may be faxed if the receiving fax is located in a non-public location but may not be disclosed via email or the online records system.
Jail records are subject to the same fee schedule as public records.
This agency may not disseminate Washington State and Federal criminal history record information to the public, per RCW 10.97.040. You may inquire at the courts or the WSP Criminal History ID Section (form available on request).