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Public Records FAQ

What is meant by the term “public disclosure”? SNOPAC is considered a local government agency and is therefore subject to the Public Records Act.  The law details the rules government agencies must follow with regard to the disclosure of their records.

What kind of information is available from SNOPAC? You may request 911 audio records related to events involving local police, fire and medical agencies including 911 telephone conversations and/or radio transmissions.  Records related to SNOPAC administration such as budgets, Board minutes, resolutions and other agency business are also available.

What type of information is exempt from public disclosure? Most of SNOPAC’s calls involve the reporting of crimes.  As a result, some disclosure requests are denied under one of the exemptions in the Public Records Act (RCW 42.56) which protects people who make reports.  Disclosure can also be refused if a case is under active investigation.

Is there a cost for getting records? At this time, there is no charge for requesting SNOPAC records.

Is there a way to obtain records without submitting a public disclosure request? Yes, we encourage you to review our website to see if the information you want is already publically available before making a public disclosure request.

How long does it take to receive my records after I make a request? Within five business days after the receipt of a request, the SNOPAC Records Custodian or designee will do one or more of the following:

  • Make requested records available for inspection or copying.
  • Acknowledge the receipt of the 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(s).

What are the retention requirements for 911 calls and/or radio traffic? State law requires that SNOPAC keep recordings of 911 telephone conversations and radio traffic for 90 days.

What if my questions weren’t answered here? Please contact the SNOPAC Records Custodian at 425-407-3923 or via email at records@snopac911.us