Freedom of Information Act
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulates and sets requirements for the disclosure of public records by all "public bodies" in the state. Allegan County Central Dispatch complies with the requirements set by this Act and the public may fill out a request form for public records.
Public Records Open to Disclosure
In general, all records except those specifically cited as exceptions are covered by FOIA. The records covered include minutes of open meetings, officials' voting records, final orders or decisions in contested cases and many more. It does not matter what form the record is in. The act applies to anything ranging from handwriting and typewriting to pictures and audio recordings.
Availability of Public Records
A request must be made in writing and provided to the FOIA coordinator of the public body. A person may ask to inspect, copy or receive a copy of a public record. There are no qualifications such as residency or age that must be met in order to make a request. Something to keep in mind is that a government agency may charge a fee for the necessary copying of a public record for inspection or providing a copy of a public record to a requestor.
The information above has been provided by Michigan.gov and for further information you can go to Summary of Michigan's FOIA. As for the request form for Central Dispatch, it is available upon request. Please make contact with us if you have any questions.