Criminal justice requests are for law enforcement and criminal justice agencies only. Examples of such agencies include:
- Local, state, and federal investigative and law enforcement agencies
- State child and adult protection agencies
- State and federal prosecuting attorneys and attorney generals
- Local, state, and federal courts
- Guardian ad litems with order of appointment
- Office of Personnel Management (OPM) investigations
South Sound 911 police report information is already immediately available to subscribing law enforcement agencies through LInX Northwest.
Criminal justice requests do not include requests by defense counsel (public or private). Requests by defense counsel should be submitted via subpoena to: South Sound 911 Records Department; 945 Tacoma Ave S.; Tacoma, WA 98402; or requests can be made under public disclosure via the Public Records Portal.
Frequently Asked Questions
The records I’m seeking are not listed. Where may I find additional records?
South Sound 911 only processes public records requests on behalf of certain law enforcement agencies for Incident (police) Reports, CAD Logs, and/or 911 and dispatch audio. Investigative information such as officer notes, body cam footage, video and photographs are held and released by the individual agency. Please contact the relevant agency for access to such information. List of Agencies and Records
The online Records Request form doesn’t allow me to choose the document/item I need. Where do I get officers’ notes, video, photographs, or anything else not shown on the form?
South Sound 911 only processes public records requests on behalf of certain law enforcement agencies for Incident (police) Reports, CAD Logs, and/or 911 and dispatch audio. Investigative information such as officer notes, video and photographs are held and released by the individual agency. Please contact the relevant agency for access to such information. List of Agencies and Records
The city I’m seeking records from is not listed. How do I obtain those records?
Contact the appropriate city directly. South Sound 911 only provides public record services to the cities listed. List of Agencies and Records
Which agencies’ reports may I get from South Sound 911?
South Sound 911 only processes public records requests on behalf of certain law enforcement agencies in Pierce County. See the List of Agencies and Records for more information. List of Agencies and Records
How do I decipher the codes on the CAD Log I received?
South Sound 911 does not have a document containing a breakdown of all codes which may be used, but you may find the Calls for Service Code and Disposition Code lists helpful.
I am looking for court dispositions and/or court orders. Where do I find them?
Contact the issuing court directly. South Sound 911 does not provide court disposition information.
I’m a law enforcement or criminal justice agency; why can’t I have my report right away?
South Sound 911 prioritizes requests from criminal justice and law enforcement agencies. However, our law enforcement agencies require review of some reports before releasing. That process may take a little time.
Is there a cost for a local records check for criminal justice/law enforcement employment?
Depending on the type of records requested/provided, a charge may be assessed.
I’m a criminal justice or law enforcement agency, why did I receive a redacted copy of a report?
Release of information is decided by the reporting law enforcement agency. If you have questions or concerns about redactions, please contact the reporting agency directly.
How long is audio maintained by South Sound 911?
Typically, 90 days.
How far back does South Sound 911 maintain law enforcement records?
South Sound 911 has police reports from the 1960s. Detailed information is required for searches prior to 1974. Reports prior to 2000 may need to be ordered from archives and may take additional time to process.
Audio is typically held for 90 days.
What is a local records check?
A local records check includes review of South Sound 911’s police reports where the subject is listed, which may or may not have resulted in criminal prosecution. A local records check does not provide court filing or disposition information.