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PRA Deep Dive: Law Enforcement Records

Friday, October 2, 2020
10 AM - 11 AM
Cost: $35 - training scholarships available (see below)
Credits: CLE, WAPRO (see below)


Registration closes Thursday, October 1 at 12 PM. This webinar will be recorded, and all preregistered attendees will receive a link to view the recording. Read about scholarship opportunities.

Webinar Overview

Disclosure of public records held by law enforcement agencies is controlled by many different laws, not just the Public Records Act (PRA). For example, some records may be subject to the Criminal Records Privacy Act, while others are controlled by federal law. With law enforcement agencies experiencing an increase in records requests, careful compliance with the laws is necessary to avoid potential PRA penalties.  

Educational Objectives

This webinar will dig into how the Public Records Act and other laws apply to the different types of records held by law enforcement agencies, what records or information may be exempt (including how to clarify when it is unclear), and will review requirements as well as best practices for managing public records requests for law enforcement records. 

Who Should Attend?

Attorneys/legal staff of local governments, as well as private attorneys with local government clients, elected officials, public record officers (PRO) and other staff who work with public records requests.


  • Sarah Doar, Legal Consultant, MRSC. Sarah joined MRSC in September 2018, after serving as Civil Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Island County. At MRSC, Sarah provides advice to municipalities on many aspects of government, including compliance with public records and open meeting laws, land use issues, and environmental law.
  • Kate Hambley, Associate Attorney, Ogden Murphy Wallace. Kate handles a variety of municipal matters for the firm’s clients, with special emphasis on land use and public records issues. In her time at OMW, Kate has assisted on a number of land use appeals, including appeals before Hearing Examiners, the Growth Management Hearings Boards, and the Superior Courts. Before joining Ogden Murphy Wallace, she worked for two Seattle-based boutique environmental firms, volunteered with the land use section of the Seattle City Attorney’s Office, and served as a clerk to the Vermont Environmental Court. While volunteering for the Seattle City Attorney’s Office, Kate worked on land use and real property issues arising in the context of urban forests, floating homes, and public waterways.


Training Scholarships

  • The Washington Counties Risk Pool (WCRP) will provide up to two (2) training scholarships per member-entity for this webinar. Interested agencies should contact Erin Konrady at for the registration code before you register.
  • The Washington Cities Insurance Authority (WCIA) will reimburse up to four (4) registrations per member-entity for this webinar. Reimbursement is available upon program completion; register and pay MRSC first.
    • For reimbursements, go to the WCIA website (, click Education & Training, then click Training Reimbursements, locate program title and follow the prompts. Questions? Contact WCIA Member Services at
  • Read about other training scholarship opportunities.

Refund policy: Refunds of the webinar fee will be provided minus a $5.00 administrative fee if registration is canceled by 12 PM on Thursday, October 1. If you are registered for the webinar and unable to attend, you will still be able to view the recorded webinar afterwards. However, if you cancel your registration, you will not receive a link to the recording.