Public Records Requests

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office welcomes your public records request under Florida’s public records law, Ch. 119 of the Florida Statutes.

You are not required to provide your name or other identifying information, but we do need to know how to provide you with the response.

All requests for public records will be filled in a timely manner, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays.

Requests are usually processed in the order they are received and may have a delayed response due to the nature of the request, volume received and/or the staffing available to process the requests.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • It is helpful to have the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office case number. If not, you will need to know the location of the incident, the date and time of occurrence or the name of the person who contacted the sheriff's office to file the report.
  • If the report is open or a capias has been requested, the report will not be available to anyone except the victim or the victim’s representative until the case has a disposition or is closed. The victim must show ID and the representative must state they are a representative in writing. Some open cases may not be available even to the victim (ex: Major Crime cases).
  • If the nature or volume of the public records request to be inspected or copied requires extensive use of information technology resources or extensive clerical or personnel assistance to fulfill, the Sheriff’s Office may charge the requestor the associated cost, in addition to the actual cost of any duplication. In an extensive use situation, you may be asked to pay a portion of the estimated costs prior to the request being filled and the remainder of the cost shall be due upon the records being made available.

    Note: Extensive Research Fee is defined as a special service charge when the nature or volume of public records to be inspected is such as to require extensive use of information technology resources, or extensive clerical assistance or supervisory assistance or both.
  • Florida State Statute 119.07 allows public records requests to be responded to in a “reasonable amount of time to retrieve the record and delete those portions of the record the custodian asserts are exempt.” This can not be defined in days, hours or minutes, as each request is unique within itself. Also, keep in mind, there may be other requests to be filled before yours.

    The Sheriff’s Office strives to fulfill all requests as quickly as possible and will do our best to accommodate you.
  • Under Florida law, email addresses are public records. If you do not want your email address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office in person, by phone, or in writing.
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