Please keep in mind that the release of records is not immediate.
Some Records Are Exempt From Disclosure
The Public Records Act and other statues list certain types of documents that are exempt from public inspection and copying (RCW 42.56). If only a portion of a document is exempt from disclosure, that section will be redacted before providing the document.
Police Department / Animal Control Records
Requests are researched and screened for any required redactions or exemptions. The majority of requests are processed within 5 days, with notice being provided if the timeframe is longer. If you have a deadline, court date or other time restriction, we cannot provide a guarantee that the records will be ready.
Unless specified in your request, our standard response for requests is to provide a copy of the officer report (narrative), or the collision report if applicable.
If you would like to check the status of your request (for police/animal control records), the fastest option is to call us at 253-863-6384 versus sending a message through the portal.