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Right-to-Know Law

Requesting Transparency Township Records

Requests for records must be addressed to the Agency Open Records Officer and can be submitted by email, fax, mail, or in person. The request should be specific and not seek answers to questions. After filing a request, a response will be issued within 5 business days.

Right to Know Form Printable/Fillable

Transparency Township’s Open Records Officer's listed below

Right to Know Officer

Tracy Stairs

West Brandywine Township

Phone: (610) 380-8200
Fax: (610) 384-4934
Email: tstairs@wbrandywine.org

Assistant Right To Know Officer

Dale Barnett

West Brandywine Township

Email: manager@wbrandywine.org

Right to Know Officer

Chief Jeff Kimes

West Brandywine Police Department

Phone: (610) 380-8201
Fax: (610) 384-0438
Email: jkimes@wbrandywinepd.org

Assistant Right to Know Officer

Lieutenant Ken Michels

West Brandywine Police Department

Phone: (610) 380-8201
Email: kmichels@wbrandywinepd.org

Requesting West Brandywine Police Department Audio and/or Video Recordings:

The Right to Know Law does not apply to requests for audio or video recordings. Act 22 of 2017 (specifically Chapter 67A of the Act) established a process for requesting audio and video recordings in possession of law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania.

How to file an audio and/or video request:

According to Act 22, a request for an audio and/or video recording in possession of the West Brandywine Police Dept. must be made within 60 days of the date the recording was made.

A written request must be submitted to the Right to Know Officer (RTKO) for the West Brandywine Police Dept. The request is not officially received until it is personally delivered to the Right to Know Officer, or when it is marked “delivered” by certified mail.

The West Brandywine Police Dept. accepts hand delivered Act 22 forms during regular business hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (except holidays)

The request must include:

  • The date, time and location of the event recorded
  • A statement describing the requester’s relationship to the event recorded
  • If the recorded incident took place inside a residence, the request must also identify every person present at the time of the recording,  unless unknown and not reasonably ascertainable.

 

Under Act 22, the West Brandywine Police Dept. may deny the request – in writing – if it determines that a recording contains:

  • Potential evidence in a criminal matter
  • Information pertaining to an investigation or matter in which a criminal charge has been filed
  • Confidential information or victim information
  • The reasonable redaction of the recording would not safeguard potential evidence.

How Much Does a Request Cost?

Act 22 permits law enforcement agencies to charge a reasonable fee to provide a copy of an audio and/or video recording. The West Brandywine Police Dept. has established a fee of $100, per video, for a granted audio and/or video recording. If a request is approved, payment must be made prior to processing the request.

How to File an Appeal if your request is denied.

The requester may appeal within 30 days of the date of denial to the Court of Common Pleas in Chester County.  The appeal is filed as a Petition for Judicial Review and must include:

  • A filing fee of $125;
  • A copy of the written request and any written responses; and
  • Proof that the RTKO was served within five days of the filing of the Petition;
  • If the event recorded took place inside a residence, the petitioner must also certify that notice of the petition has been served on each individual present at the time of the recording and on the owner and occupant of the residence, unless that information is unknown and not reasonably ascertainable.

 The link for the form can be found here

https://www.openrecords.pa.gov/Documents/RTKL/Act22_RequestForm.pdf

How To File An Appeal

When a request is denied or deemed denial, a requester may file an appeal to the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records.  The appeal must be filed within 15 business days of the denial or deemed denial date.  The appeal must also include the request, agency denial if one exists, and address agency grounds that the request was denied.  An appeals officer will determine if the record(s) is subject to public access. 

An appeal may be filed to the Office of Open Records via its Online Appeal Form, email, fax, or in person at:

Office of Open Records for Pennsylvania

Office of Open Records

Commonwealth Keystone Building
333 Market St., 16th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101-2234

Phone: (717) 346-9903
Email: openrecords@state.pa.us
Web site: https://www.openrecords.pa.gov/

County District Attorney

Chester County District Attorney's Office

201 West Market Street, Suite 4450
P.O. Box 2746
West Chester, PA 19380-0989

Phone: (610) 344-6801