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Police

How do I get a copy of a report?

Copies of Reports and Requests for Public Records

By Email: records.request@cityoffederalway.com

In Person:
Police Department
33325 8th Ave. S.
Federal Way, WA 98003

By Mail:
Civilian Operations Manager
Attn: Public Records Request
33325 8th Ave. S.
Federal Way, WA 98003

By Phone:
253.835.6700

By Fax:
253.835.6898

Police records are unique and are governed by multiple laws. Requests are reviewed to determine whether any of the requested information is exempt under other statutes.

How do I report an abandoned vehicle?

Under RCW and City Ordinance, vehicles shouldn't be left parked for more than 24 hours in the public "right of way".  An example of right of way may be a shoulder of a public street.   In response to a complaint of an abandoned vehicle, and based on call load, the police will respond and check to make sure that it is actually parked in the right of way.  If not, we cannot take any type of enforcement action.  

If it is parked on the public right of way, we will put a sticker on the window that will require the owner of the vehicle to move it.   We will return sometime after 24 hours to make sure that it has been done.   If not, we will impound the vehicle pursant to RCW 46.55.113.      If you know who owns or where the vehicle belongs, please list that in the service report.  You can use this link to report the abandoned vehicle.

Please be patient.  We do make an effort to take care of the problem, but since the request has to go through many hands before it is assigned, it may take awhile to respond.  Many times, it has been moved already and we will close out the request.  

Photo Enforcement Information

Am I required to name the person who was driving?

The law does not require you to name the other driver, but if you want to avoid a hearing then you can name the other driver in the Statement of Non-Responsibility provided to you with the Notice of Infraction. Otherwise, you need to request a hearing and present your testimony to the judge. The person who was driving may voluntarily accept responsibility.

Can the fine be reduced or waived?

Yes. You can request a mitigation hearing for all photo enforcement tickets and the judge can reduce the fine based upon the circumstances presented in your case. The fine will only be waived to prevent a gross injustice. By state law, the fine for school zone violations issued by a police officer in your presence cannot be waived, mitigated or reduced. However, photo enforcement fines in school zones can be waived, mitigated or reduced.

How are the hearings conducted?

For a contested hearing, the judge will first look at the affidavit of the officer, photographs and the video. In the case of an in-person hearing, the judge will then put you and any witnesses you call under oath. You will then present your case. The judge will then make a decision. You have 30 days to appeal an adverse decision. In the case of a mail-in hearing the judge will review your submission and then make a determination. Remember, you waive your right to appeal if you request a contested hearing by mail.

For a mitigation hearing the judge will either hear from you first if you appear in person or read your submission if you submitted your case by mail. The judge may then review the evidence offered by the city. There is no appeal for a mail-in or in-person mitigation hearing.

Where do I send my payment?

Do not send your payment directly to the court and do not drop your payment off at the court. Please send your payment to the following address (do not send your request for hearing to this address):

Federal Way Municipal Court
Photo Enforcement Program
P.O. Box 742503
Cincinnati, OH 45274-2503

You may also pay online.

What is the law in school zones?

The law varies depending upon what type of signage is present. Federal Way’s photo-enforced school zones use flashing yellow lights to signify the need to drive lower than the normal posted speed limit. The speed limit is reduced to 20 mph when the lights are flashing, regardless of whether children are present or not present.

Will a violation go on my driver’s record?

No. Photo enforcement tickets are treated the same as parking violations and will not appear on your driving record.

Is the law different in photo-enforced areas of Federal Way?

No. The law is the same at all intersections and in all school zones. Photo enforcement is simply a different method of enforcing the law.

What if I was not driving the vehicle at the time of the alleged violation?

There is a presumption, provided by law, that the registered owner was the driver, but that presumption can be overcome with evidence that you were not driving at the time of the alleged violation. However, the judge is not required to believe you if there is some doubt about your credibility.