Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is meant by the term "public disclosure"?
A. KITTCOM is considered a local government public
agency and is therefore subject to the
Public Disclosure Act. The law details the rules
government agencies must follow with regard to the disclosure of their records.
Q. What kind of information is available from
A. You may request records related to events
involving local police, fire and medical agencies including computer aided
dispatch event and radio logs as well as recordings of telephone
conversations and/or radio transmissions. Records related to the
organization's administration such as budgets, Board minutes, resolutions
and other agency business are also available.
Q. What type of information is exempt from public
A. Most of KITTCOM's calls involve the reporting of
crimes. As a result, some disclosure requests are denied under one of the
exceptions to the Public Disclosure Act which protects people who make
reports. Disclosure will also be refused if a case is under investigation.
In addition, information involving emergency medical service calls is
generally considered privileged, and will not be released.
Q. If I've been charged with a crime, aren't I
entitled to the information?
A. Perhaps, but you will have to request the
information as part of the pre-trial discovery process. Contact the agency
responsible for prosecuting the case for more information.
Q. What about information for incidents involving
State or Federal agencies?
A. Unless a local agency was directly involved,
KITTCOM would not have any information regarding events handled by State or
Federal officials. This includes the Washington State Patrol, Fish and Game,
Liquor Control, Gambling Commission, Department of Resources (DNR); US
Forest Service, FBI, ATF, INS, etc.
Q. How do I request information from KITTCOM?
A. The best option is to
download a request form here. You may also call and ask to
have the form faxed or mailed to you.
Q. May I pick up a form in person?
Yes, but you must first call (509) 925-8534 to make
an appointment with the Director or a Supervisor. KITTCOM is a small agency
with no clerical staff, and dispatchers may not be able to leave the
dispatch operations area to answer the main door, and they will not "buzz
in" people who do not have appointments.
Q. What if my questions weren't answered here?
A. Please call Director Darlene Mainwaring at (509)