Dwayne Carey
Boone County Sheriff
Boone County Sheriff's Department and Jail
2121 County Dr.
Columbia, MO 65201
Office (573) 875-1111
Fax (573) 874-8953

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Records Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make a request for Records?

What records can I request?

What are the fees for a record?

When do I pay for my records request?

How long does it take to get my records request?

Can a law enforcement agency deny access to police reports that might otherwise be open?

Where can I obtain 9-1-1 call requests or Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) notes?

Can I get a background check or investigation done through the Boone County Sheriff’s Department?

How do I make a request for Records?

Records Request are preferred to be submitted in writing or online. Requests may also be made in person at the Boone County Sheriff's Department or by calling the Records Unit at (573)875-1111 ext. 6128.

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What records can I request?

Records whether written or electronically stored that are retained by the Boone County Sheriff's Department and Jail. It is possible that records or portions of them may NOT be open records under The Sunshine Law, Chapter 610, RSMo, and not available for release in part or whole. If a record is deemed a “closed” record you will be advised of such.

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What are the fees for a record?

Section 610.026.1(1), RSMo, allows a public governmental body to charge up to 10 cents per page for standard paper copies, the average hourly rate of pay for clerical staff to duplicate documents, and the actual cost of the research time for fulfilling the request. This provision also requires that the public governmental body use the lowest salaried employees capable of searching, researching, and copying the records. Fees for accessing records on other media, or non-standard paper copies, shall reflect actual cost involved. The requestor may wish to ask for a breakdown of the costs associated with the request to determine how the public governmental body arrived at the final charge.

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When do I pay for my records request?

Requests are reviewed and either the cost or a cost estimate is provided. Payment is required prior to any record being released.

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How long does it take to get my records request?

Section 610.023.3, RSMo, requires that each request be responded to as soon as possible, but no later than the end of the third business day following the custodian of records’ receipt of the request. If access is not granted immediately, the custodian of records is required to explain the reason for the delay and the earliest date and time that the records will be available. Therefore, public governmental bodies are allowed to exceed the three days for production, but they are required to notify you of the delay and explain when they anticipate the records will be ready.

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Can a law enforcement agency deny access to police reports that might otherwise be open?

Sections 610.100.3 and 610.100.4, RSMo, state that the agency has the authority to withhold the disclosure of records that may otherwise be subject to disclosure under two circumstances. First, if the agency has an articulable concern over the safety of a victim, witness, or other person if the record is revealed. Second, disclosure is not necessary if the criminal investigation is likely to be jeopardized. However, the agency may need court approval for withholding this information.

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Where can I obtain 9-1-1 call requests or Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) notes?

Please visit the Boone County Joint Communications website for 9-1-1 call requests or CAD notes.

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Can I get a background check or investigation done through the Boone County Sheriff’s Department?

No. You will need to contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol at (573) 751-1000 for information on criminal background checks. Additional information can be found on the Missouri State Highway Patrol's CJIS Division page.

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