The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) guarantees citizens of the Commonwealth and representatives of the media access to public records held by public bodies, public officials, and public employees.
A public record is any writing or recording regardless of whether it is a paper record, an electronic file, an audio or video recording, or any other format that is prepared or owned by, or in the possession of a public body or its officers, employees or agents in the transaction of public business. All public records are presumed to be open, and may only be withheld if a specific, statutory exemption or other law applies to those records.
Lieutenant C.M. Smith is the custodian of all records for the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office; therefore, all FOIA requests should be sent to his attention.
Your FOIA Rights
- You have the right to request to inspect or receive copies of public records, or both.
- You have the right to request that any charges for the requested records be estimated in advance.
- If you believe that your FOIA rights have been violated, you may file a petition in district or circuit court to compel compliance with FOIA. Alternatively, you may contact the FOIA Council for a nonbinding advisory opinion.
For detailed information on your Rights and Responsibilities regarding FOIA, click here.
Law Enforcement Records and the Freedom of Information Act
Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office
ATTN: Captain C.M. Smith #3/ FOIA requests
175 Polk Street
P.O. Box 305
Montross, Virginia 22520
Phone: (804) 493-8066
Fax: (804) 493-3088