In no way do we want to diminish access to government records. This decision was made in fairness to all media outlets. We would receive different requests through different personnel, through different mediums and often times were duplicating efforts.This change is only for the media and should make the process easier by not requiring the use of the request form. e-mail is the preferred method as it is easily tracked and will provide equal access to all media (a fairness issue).
Especially if any other member of the public may walk in and have a records request “responded to on the spot.”