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South Sound 911 uses a Records Request Portal to make requesting copies of police/incident reports, CAD logs, and 911 audio recordings, more efficient and transparent. It also allows the requestor to check the status of the request at any time. Please note:
- South Sound 911 responds to requests for public records in accordance with the Public Records Act, RCW 42.56.
- Public Records Act exemptions can be found this within RCW 42.56 and this Municipal Research and Services Center publication.
- South Sound 911 holds only certain records for its partner law enforcement agencies.
- South Sound 911 may charge fees pursuant to the fee schedule.
If you prefer to submit a request via mail, please send your request to:
ATTN: Records Custodian
South Sound 911
3580 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98418
South Sound 911 does not hold law enforcement investigative files, photos or fire department records. Those records are held by the originating agency and requestors should contact the agency directly. For a list of partner agency websites, see our Police & Fire Agencies page.
Other types of records and where they may be found:
- South Sound 911 administrative records – Online Archive
- Collision Reports – Washington State Patrol
- Court Records – Use the State of Washington Courts records request page to identify what type of record you seek or use the Washington State Court Directory to locate the appropriate court. South Sound 911 does not keep court records or documents such as judgments, dispositions, sentencing, etc.
- Criminal History or Background Check – Criminal history records may be obtained for non-criminal justice purposes, but is limited to conviction information only. Contact the Washington State Patrol.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I find out about a warrant or protection order?
South Sound 911 does not release information about warrants or protection orders. Please contact the court – whichever one issued (or might have issued) the warrant or order to verify its existence or status.
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
I need court dispositions, court orders and/or other court records. Where do I find them?
Contact the issuing court directly. South Sound 911 does not provide court records or court disposition information.
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.
How do I follow-up on my police report? What is the status of the investigation?
South Sound 911 provides 911, dispatch and records management services for law enforcement; we do not investigate incidents. For information about or to check the status of a case or incident, you must contact the relevant law enforcement agency.
What is the status of my public records request?
If you successfully submitted a request via the Records Request Portal, you may check the status of your request(s) anytime: Log into the portal and go to View My Requests, then click the request’s Details button and look for the “Status” located under the Reference Number.
Does South Sound 911 provide Police Traffic Collision Reports?
South Sound 911 no longer processes requests for Police Traffic Collision Reports (PTCR); however, you may obtain a copy of a PTCR from the Washington State Patrol (WSP), which is the central repository for PTCRs:
Visit the Washington State Patrol’s website at https://www.wsp.wa.gov/driver/collision-records/ for more information on requesting a collision report from them. You will be able to immediately download your document for a fee.
If you have difficulties with your request and need to contact WSP, they can be reached via phone at (360) 570-2355 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) box and a help box at the top of their web page to assist you with making your request.
How long will it take for me to receive my records or 911 audio request?
South Sound 911 processes public records requests on behalf of the agencies it serves; however, the applicable law enforcement agency oftentimes must approve requests before South Sound 911 may provide copies. It is common for requests to experience delays during this process and requestors will be notified by email when the materials are available for download via the Records Portal.
Can I submit a request without a case/incident number?
Yes. Please use the incident details section to specifically describe what you are requesting. Please include all of the information you have, such as the date/time and address/location of the incident, and the names of anyone involved.
I only received part of my public records request. Where is the rest of it?
South Sound 911 public records requests may be processed by two different offices, depending on the item(s) requested. Some items may be available for release sooner than others and may, therefore, be made available separately.
The record I need is not on the list. Where do I get officers’ notes, 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 body cam footage and officer notes, are held and released by the individual agency. Please contact the relevant agency for access to such information.
For records pertaining to the agency of South Sound 911, please mail your request to South Sound 911; ATTN: Records Custodian; 3580 Pacific Ave.; Tacoma WA 9818.
Where can I get help using the Records Portal?
After you have created an account, please call South Sound 911’s front desk (253-287-4900) for further assistance during normal business hours.
How long do you keep recordings of 911 calls?
Washington state law requires South Sound 911 keep recordings of 911 telephone conversations for 90 days.
Where do I get fire records and reports?
For fire-related records and reports, please contact the individual fire department. South Sound 911 only provides records services for certain law enforcement agencies in Pierce County.
How do I decipher the codes on the CAD Log I received?
The Public Records Act does not require South Sound 911 to provide research services, to analyze data, answer written questions, or to create records in response to a request.
South Sound 911 does not have a document containing a breakdown of all codes that may be used, but you may find the Call for Service Code and Disposition Code lists helpful.
Where do I get information about vehicle accidents in my neighborhood or in a specific area?
South Sound 911 does not have a way to provide police/incident reports or CAD logs with that level of refinement. You may be interested in requesting “Collision Data Reports” from the Washington State Patrol (WSP). Please visit their website for more information: WSP Collision Data Reports