Data Practices Policy (Updated 2016)

Faribault County Sheriff’s Office

This document is required by Minnesota Statutes, section 13.03, subdivision 2(b).

Right to Access Public Data

The Government Data Practices Act (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 13) presumes that all government data are public unless a state or federal law says the data are not public.  Government data is a term that means all recorded information a government entity has, including paper, email, DVDs, photographs, etc.

The Government Data Practices Act also provides that Faribault County Sheriff’s Office must keep all government data in a way that makes it easy for you, as a member of the public, to access public data.  You have the right to look at (inspect), free of charge, all public data that we keep.  You also have the right to get copies of public data.  The Government Data Practices Act allows us to charge for copies.  You have the right to look at data, free of charge, before deciding to request copies.

How to Make a Data Request

To look at data or request copies of data that Faribault County entity keeps, make a written request.  Make your request for data to the appropriate individual listed in the Data Practices Contacts on page 4.  You may make your request for data by mail, fax, email, or in person by using the data request form on page 6.

If you choose not to use the data request form, your request should include:

  • that you, as a member of the public, are making a request for data under the Government Data Practices Act, Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 13;
  • whether you would like to look at the data, get copies of the data, or both; and
  • a clear description of the data you would like to inspect or have copied.

Faribault County Sheriff’s Office cannot require you, as a member of the public, to identify yourself or explain the reason for your data request.  However, depending on how you want us to process your request (if, for example, you want us to mail you copies of data), we may need some information about you.  If you choose not to give us any identifying information, we will provide you with contact information so you may check on the status of your request.  In addition, please keep in mind that if we do not understand your request and have no way to contact you, we will not be able to begin processing your request.

How We Respond to a Data Request

Upon receiving your request, we will work to process it.

  • If we do not have the data, we will notify you in writing as soon as reasonably possible.
  • If we have the data, but the data are not public, we will notify you as soon as reasonably possible and state which specific law says the data are not public.
  • If we have the data, and the data are public, we will respond to your request appropriately and promptly, within a reasonable amount of time by doing one of the following:
  1. arrange a date, time, and place to inspect data, for free, if your request is to look at the data, or
  2. provide you with copies of the data as soon as reasonably possible.  You may choose to pick up your copies, or we will mail or fax them to you.  If you want us to send you the copies, you will need to provide us with an address or fax number.  We will provide electronic copies (such as email or CD-ROM) upon request if we keep the data in electronic format.

Information about copy charges is on page 5.

If you do not understand some of the data (technical terminology, abbreviations, or acronyms), please let us know.  We will give you an explanation if you ask.

The Government Data Practices Act does not require us to create or collect new data in response to a data request if we do not already have the data, or to provide data in a specific form or arrangement if we do not keep the data in that form or arrangement.  (For example, if the data you request are on paper only, we are not required to create electronic documents to respond to your request.)  If we agree to create data in response to your request, we will work with you on the details of your request, including cost and response time.

In addition, the Government Data Practices Act does not require us to answer questions that are not requests for data.

Requests for Summary Data

Summary data are statistical records or reports that are prepared by removing all identifiers from private or confidential data on individuals.  The preparation of summary data is not a means to gain access to private or confidential data. Faribault County Sheriff’s Office will prepare summary data if you make your request in writing and pre-pay for the cost of creating the data.  Upon receiving your written request – you may use the data request form on page 6 – we will respond within ten business days with the data or details of when the data will be ready and how much we will charge.

Data Practices Contacts

Faribault County Sheriff’s Office

Responsible Authority

Name: Sheriff Mike Gormley

Address: 320 Dr. H. Russ Street – Blue Earth, Mn. 56013

Phone number: 507-526-5148 ext. 2101

Fax number: 507-526-3051

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Data Practices Compliance Official

Name:  Chief Deputy Scott Adams

Address: 320 Dr. H. Russ Street – Blue Earth, Mn. 56013

Phone number: 507-526-5148 ext. 2121

Fax number: 507-526-3051

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Data Practices Designee(s)

Name Sharon Determan

Address: 320 Dr. H. Russ Street – Blue Earth, Mn. 56013

Phone number: 507-526-5148 ext. 2005

Fax number: 507-526-3051

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Name Scott Adams

Address: 320 Dr. H. Russ Street – Blue Earth, Mn. 56013

Phone number: 507-526-5148 ext. 2121

Fax number: 507-526-3051

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Name Lisa Frommie

Address: 320 Dr. H. Russ Street – Blue Earth, Mn. 56013

Phone number: 507-526-5148 ext. 2002

Fax number: 507-526-3051

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Copy Costs – Members of the Public

Faribault County Sheriff’s Office

Faribault County Sheriff’s Office charges members of the public for copies of government data.  These charges are authorized under Minnesota Statutes, section 13.03, subdivision 3(c).

You must pay for the copies before we will give them to you.  Pre-payment of copies is required unless other arrangements are approved by the Department Head or Data Practices Compliance Official for the responding department.

For 100 or Fewer Paper Copies – 25 cents per page

100 or fewer pages of black and white, letter or legal size paper copies cost 25¢ for a one-sided copy, or 50¢ for a two-sided copy.

Actual cost

The charge for most other types of copies, when a charge is not set by statute or rule, is the actual cost of searching for and retrieving the data, and making the copies or electronically transmitting the data (e.g. sending the data by email).

In determining the actual cost of making copies, we factor in employee time, the cost of the materials onto which we are copying the data (paper, CD, DVD, etc.), and mailing costs (if any).  If your request is for copies of data that we cannot reproduce ourselves, such as photographs, we will charge you the actual cost we must pay an outside vendor for the copies.

The cost of employee time to search for data, retrieve data, and make copies is 20.00 per hour.

If, because of the subject matter of your request, we find it necessary for a higher-paid employee to search for and retrieve the data, we will calculate the search and retrieval portion of the copy charge at the higher salary/wage.

Refer to the Faribault County Sheriff’s Office Fee Schedule for a detailed listing of all copy fees

Data Request Form – Members of the Public

Date of request: _____________

I am requesting access to data in the following way:

¨ Inspection                                         ¨ Copies                                         ¨ Both inspection and copies

Note:  inspection is free but _______________________ [government entity needs to fill in if they charge for data – e.g., we charge for copies when the cost is over $10.00].

These are the data I am requesting:

Describe the data you are requesting as specifically as possible.  If you need more space, please use the back of this form.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Information

 

Name: ________________________________________________________________________

 

Address: ______________________________________________________________________

 

Phone number: _______________________    Email address: ____________________________

 

You do not have to provide any of the above contact information.  However, if you want us to mail/email you copies of data, we will need some type of contact information.  In addition, if we do not understand your request and need to get clarification from you, without contact information we will not be able to begin processing your request until you contact us.

We will respond to your request as soon as reasonably possible.

Standards for Verifying Identity

Faribault County Sheriff’s Office

The following constitute proof of identity.

 An adult individual must provide a valid photo ID, such as

o a state driver’s license

o a military ID

o a passport

o a Minnesota ID

o a Minnesota tribal ID

 A minor individual must provide a valid photo ID, such as

o a state driver’s license

o a military ID

o a passport

o a Minnesota ID

o a Minnesota Tribal ID

o a Minnesota school ID

 The parent or guardian of a minor must provide a valid photo ID and either

o a certified copy of the minor’s birth certificate or

o a certified copy of documents that establish the parent or guardian’s relationship to the child, such as

 a court order relating to divorce, separation, custody, foster care

 a foster care contract

 an affidavit of parentage

 The legal guardian for an individual must provide a valid photo ID and a certified copy of appropriate

documentation of formal or informal appointment as guardian, such as

o court order(s)

o valid power of attorney

Note: Individuals who do not exercise their data practices rights in person must provide either notarized or certified copies of the documents that are required or an affidavit of ID.
 

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