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Dane County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff’s Office Announces New Records Request System

February 26, 2009
Contact: Elise Schaffer, PIO Phone: (608) 284-6142 Email:
Sheriff's Office

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office is announcing the implementation of a new public records request system. Beginning immediately, public records can now be requested via email, telephone, and/or fax. Until recently, Sheriff’s Office policy only allowed for records requests to be made in writing, and submitted in person, by mail, or by fax. Dane County recently implemented the new online and telephone access to public records in order to better meet the needs of the citizens we serve. To access the online records request, go to and click on the Records Request button on the left side of the page. From there, three options will appear: information, fees, and the online form. When completing the online form, you will be asked to provide your email address. Once the form is received via email to the Sheriff’s Office, a confirmation notice will be sent electronically. If you prefer to contact records staff by telephone, they can be reached at (608) 284-6827. The most commonly requested information from records is motor-vehicle crash reports. In 2007, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office processed 5,322 requests for public records. The Sheriff’s Office records department is staffed by three full-time and one part-time records clerks, and overseen by one Lieutenant. ###