Public Disclosure Requests for Information
The Everson Police Department provides copies of police reports and traffic accident reports for incidents investigated within the city limits of Everson and Nooksack If you are interested in obtaining a police report or a traffic accident report, the Everson Police Department Records Clerk will provide you with a copy upon receipt of your written request and payment of the cost of copies, which is 15 cents per page. If for some reason the record cannot be provided, a refund will be given.
How to obtain a case copy:
- Request In Person: Apply in person by completing a public disclosure request form at the front counter of Everson City Hall. Present valid identification and pay the appropriate fee. The cost of copies is 15 cents per page. Your request will be processed in the order it is received and a response will be given within five business days. A response may not necessarily mean that the report will be provided by that fifth business day. There may be need for additional review to determine whether or not exemptions may apply to your request. You will be notified when the report is available. Your report can be mailed to you or you may pick it up in person.
- Request By Mail: Forward a letter with detailed information pertaining to the date and time the incident occurred, the kind of case (burglary, arrest report, traffic accident), and names of the involved parties, so the record search can be completed in a timely manner. You may be required to provide proof of your identity. If you are representing a business or attorney's office, please forward the request on your business stationary. The cost of copies is 15 cents per page. Send your request to Everson Police Department, Attention: Records, Post Office Box 315, Everson, WA 98247. No telephone requests are accepted.
Disclosure of police records is sometimes complex and involves many statute references that may apply to exemptions in the report. Those statute references include, but are not limited to, the Public Disclosure Law, RCW 42.17, Criminal Records Privacy Act, RCW 10.97, Keeping and Release of Records by Juvenile Justice Care Agencies, RCW 13.50, and the Washington Traffic Records, RCW 46.52. In some instances your copy may be edited to withhold certain information pending disposition of the case or for other reasons.
A police certificate (also known as a clearance letter, immigration letter of visa clearance letter) is a document generated by the Everson Police Department for residents for the city of Everson and Nooksack. This letter states that a search of all of your names has been done and that you have no criminal record or there is a criminal record on file with the Everson Police Department. This document is often required by official agencies both within the United States and within several foreign governments and may be required for a variety of reasons.
You may apply for this letter in person during business hours. You are required to provide current and valid identification because your identity must be witnessed and notarized prior to performing the service. The cost of the notary is $5.00 and your request is processed within five business days. Your certificate will be mailed to you or you may arrange to pick it up.
This document only certifies the lack of or existence of records in the jurisdiction of the City of Everson. If you require a more extensive background check, you will need to contact the Washington State Patrol Identification Section at (360) 705-5100 for further information.
Sex Offender Information
The Everson Police Department is responsible for screening and monitoring registered sex offenders residing in Everson and Nooksack RCW 4.24.550 and the Washington State Supreme Court decision in State vs. Ward authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender release into their jurisdiction Sex offenders are classified into three levels (1-3). A level 1 sex offender is lease likely to re-offend with a level 3 being more likely to re-offend.
All sex offenders, which are released from the Department of Corrections, are required to register with the local Sheriff's Office. These offenders are classified upon release by the Department of Corrections and again by The Everson Police Department after they arrive in our jurisdiction. The Everson Police Department maintains a list of offenders whom reside in our community. You can discuss any concerns by calling the police department and asking for the Sex Offender Rating Officer. It is the belief of law enforcement that an informed public is a safer public. The Everson Police Department has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may or may not live. Unless court ordered restrictions exist, these offenders are constitutionally free to live wherever they choose. For more information about Sex Offender registration or a list of level 3 Offenders go to http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/sheriff/sexoffenders/index.jsp