Washington County Sheriff - Open Records
Where Do I Get Information?
Most open records requests directed to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office will receive a reply within ten working days. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is not the record custodian for all law enforcement agencies within the county; specific requests should be directed to the individual agencies. Open records requests may be made in person at the Sheriff’s Office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, excluding Holidays, or by calling our office at 262-335-4378 or by mailing requests to:
Washington County Sheriff’s Office
PO Box 1986
West Bend, WI 53095
Typical requests include: accident reports, incident reports, contact records and photos. The fee schedule is:
The Wisconsin public records law authorizes requesters to inspect or obtain copies of records maintained by government authorities. Records are presumed to be open to the public for inspection with some specific exceptions. A request may be denied, in whole or in part, for specific and sufficient reasons. The requirements of the public record law also exist at the time the request is made and does not require authorities to provide information if no responsive record exists. Generally the law also does not require authorities to create new records in order to fulfill requests.
Pursuant to Wis. Stat. 19.35(3) (c), a fee for locating a record not exceeding the actual, necessary and direct cost of location, may be imposed upon the requester if the cost is $50 or more.
Pursuant to Wis. Stat 19.35(3) (f), a pre-payment may be required for reproduction costs if the total is $5.00 or more.
In compliance with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Senne v. Vill of Palatine, 695 F.3d 597 (7th Cir. 2012 en ban, cer. pet. filed 11/5/2012), the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is no longer releasing personal identifying information under the provisions of the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA). Personal identifying information derived from the Department of Motor Vehicles, including an individual’s date of birth, driver’s license number, social security number, home address, home telephone number, photograph, and medical or disability information is prohibited from public disclosure unless one of the exceptions apply. These exceptions can found at 18 U.S.C. §2721(b). The above restrictions do not apply to Wisconsin accident reports released in compliance with applicable Wisconsin law.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is not authorized to release Wisconsin Department of Transportation records.
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Public Records Notice
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Release of Information
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DPPA Drivers Act
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