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What to expect when you make a data practices request

The county will begin to process your request when it receives it. If it is determined that your data request will exceed $50, you will be notified.

You can then determine if you want to pay for the cost of the data, view the data at no charge, or cancel your request for data.

Note that the initial cost is an estimate, and the final cost may change. You will be notified of the final cost and be expected to pay for the data, prior to it being released to you.

The county will:

  • Notify you if data does not exist.
  • Provide you with the legal citation for not releasing data to you.
  • In general, provide you with electronic copies in a PDF format.
  • If requested, explain technical terms, abbreviations, or acronyms found in the data to you.
  • In situations in which there is a large volume of data, work with you to determine a process for a rolling production.
  • If you choose to view data or pick up the data, work with you to schedule a time to view or pick up the data during business hours.

State law does not require the county to:

  • Create or collect new data in response to a data request.
  • Answer questions submitted as a data request.
  • Provide data in a specific format or arrangement if the data does not exist in that format or arrangement. For example, if data exists only as a PowerPoint, the county is not required to produce it as a Word document.

Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office requests

Captain Jennifer Johnson, responsible authority designee

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