The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ensures transparency and accountability by granting citizens of the Commonwealth and representatives of the media access to public records held by public bodies, officials, and employees.

Understanding FOIA

Under FOIA, a public record encompasses any writing or recording, regardless of format, that is prepared, owned, or possessed by a public body or its representatives in the course of public business. Public records are presumed to be open and accessible to the public, unless a specific statutory exemption or other legal provision applies.

How to Submit a FOIA Request

Captain C. Smith serves as the custodian of records for the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office. All FOIA requests and inquiries should be directed to his attention.

Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office
ATTN: Captain C. Smith / FOIA Request
175 Polk Street
P.O. Box 305
Montross, Virginia 22520-0305

Your FOIA Rights

  • Access to Records: You have the right to request inspection or copies of public records.
  • Advance Estimation: You may request an estimate of any charges associated with fulfilling your request.
  • Appeal Process: If you believe your FOIA rights have been violated, you can petition the district or circuit court for compliance. Alternatively, you may seek a nonbinding advisory opinion from the FOIA Council.

Contact Us

Ensuring transparency and accountability, the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office is committed to upholding FOIA principles and facilitating public access to information.

For detailed information on your Rights and Responsibilities regarding FOIA, click here.