Public Records Requests
Requests to inspect or copy public records should be in writing and identify the records being sought with reasonable specificity. Requests may be returned for further clarification.
The disclosure of the Spokane County 911 records is governed by applicable state and local regulations. The disclosure of Spokane County records my have certain identifiable details redacted to protect a person’s right to privacy. Any redactions made shall be explained in writing.
LEGAL BASIS: RCW 42.56 Public Records Act
Records Exempt from Public Inspection and Copying:
Specific intelligence information and specific investigative records compiled by investigative, law enforcement, and penology agencies, and state agencies vested with the responsibility to discipline members of any profession, the nondisclosure of which is essential to effective law enforcement or for the protection of any person’s rights to privacy. (RCW 42.56.240(1))
Information revealing the identity of persons who are witnesses to or victims of crime or who file complaints with investigative, law enforcement, or penology agencies, other than the commission, if disclosure would endanger any person's life, physical safety, or property. If at the time a complaint is filed the complainant, victim, or witness indicates a desire for disclosure or nondisclosure, such desire shall govern. (RCW 42.56.240(2))
Information revealing the identity of child victims of sexual assault who are under age eighteen. Identifying information means the child victim's name, address, location, photograph, and in cases in which the child victim is a relative or stepchild of the alleged perpetrator, identification of the relationship between the child and the alleged perpetrator. (RCW 42.56.240(5))
As provided for in (RCW 42.56.120). The Spokane County 911 Emergency Communications Department has established fees for providing copies of public records. The fee for 911 recordings is $17.00 (see below). Please contact our administration office for information regarding fees for other 911 public records.
Police/Sheriff Reports and Records:
For copies of any written reports or CAD printouts contact Police Records. Their information line is 625-4030.
911 Recordings - Public Disclosure and Discovery
All recordings are made on Compact Disc (CD).
State law requires that Spokane County keep recordings of 911 telephone conversations for ninety (90) days.
The fee for a copy of each 911 recording is $17.00 (RCW 42.56.120). Do not enclose payment with your request. Payment will be required at the time of pickup.
Both Public Disclosure and Discovery forms are available as pdf documents.
Print these documents and mail or fax the completed forms to:
Spokane County 911 Administration
1620 N Rebecca
Spokane, WA 99217
Fax: (509) 535-6719
Or you may call the Spokane County 911 Administration (509) 532-8911 between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm (Pacific Time) Monday through Friday and request a form be mailed to you.
At this time it is not possible to submit requests electronically.
You will receive an acknowledgement letter to let you know that your request has been received by our office.
Claiming the Recording:
You will be notified by telephone or email that your recording is ready for pick up. If we are unable to provide you with the recording, you will be notified of the reason.
Requestor must claim the recording within thirty (30) days of notification to him/her that the recording was available. Recordings are available for release from our 911 administration office at 1620 N Rebecca Street. Picture ID is required. If the requestor or a representative of the requestor fails to claim the recording within the thirty (30) day period or make arrangements, Spokane County 911 will close the request and destroy the assembled record.