Public Safety Departments & Text Messaging

Policies and Procedures to Simplify Public Records

Prior to fully embracing SMS/text messaging, organizations need to assess how and why their employees want to use text communications, develop and communicate use policies, and ensure all information sent via text can be retained and archived. Remember, any communication sent or received by government organizations—including public safety departments and their employees—is subject to open records requests.

In this report, we examine how public safety agencies can create policies that allow for compliant use of SMS/text messaging, and how to retain and archive those communications for a more efficient response to open records requests.

Read our guide to learn:
  • How other public safety departments are using text messaging
  • What you need to consider for public record requests
  • What to consider when building your communications policy