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Former PA cop first-ever certified in public records in new position with PA police

March 14th, 2013 - 5:42am

(Port Angeles) -- The person in charge of police records for Port Angeles police has become state-certified in the position.

But Ed Schilke is hardly a stranger to police work. Schilke recently was hired for the civilian, records-specialist position after spending 27 years as a police officer for Port Angeles.

PA police deputy chief Brian Smith says gaining records certification is a rigorous process, and Schilke is the first one to do it for Port Angeles police.

PA police get about 1,500 record requests each year. Smith says stricter laws require those requests are properly handled so that only the proper information is released.

The Public Records Act mandates that every government entity have a public records officer.

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