Re: Requirements for Police to Conduct a Welfare Check? Misuse or Harassment?
If someone calls the police saying that they have a legitimate concern for the well being of someone, the police are likely going to respond to see if the person is okay. They are not legally required to, but most agencies will. No, they generally do not tell the caller what's going on, only that contact was made and the person is okay. Yes, a record of the dispatch call is generally made. And, yes, you should be able to get the name of the caller by asking for that information from the police department via the California Public Records Act and citing Government Code section 6254(f). The officer who shows up may not know that information.
Not really. Unless there are "requirements" for these calls that the agency has in writing, there really are no statutory requirements for the criteria of a response.
Are the requirements different if the request comes through friends in a police department when the original person is an employee, but not a sworn officer?
If it continues to happen, she can tell the officer(s) that respond what might be going on. The officers that are dispatched are simply responding to a call. If your girl does not want to speak with her family, she shoul dprobably tell them that.
We are just concerned this new technique can be employed to harass us and want to make sure the sister is not abusing the options available in her job.
Either of you should have access to the caller's name IF it was prov ided to the dispatcher and recorded. See above.
Is either of us entitled to some form of the public record in case their is a more of this?
A Nor Cal Police Sergeant
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