Record keeping is the keystone for critical law enforcement responsibilities. The majority of paperwork department personnel generate is processed through the Records Division. The Records Division is the keeper for all police reports that require photocopying, distributing, and filing. This includes arrests, traffic accidents, incident and other miscellaneous reports.
Records personnel are responsible for preparing arrest and report packages for the District Attorney's Office and processing citations to the courts, as well as, distributing other paperwork to various local and state agencies.
Another important component of the Records Division is the maintenance and security of police records. Records personnel must be aware of and apply the legal exemptions to the release of information to protect individual privacy, safety, reputation, and on-going investigations. The intent of the exemptions is to protect law enforcement investigations, not to shield information from legitimate scrutiny. Records personnel are responsible for ensuring that police records are released according to law.
How to Obtain Police & Accident Reports:
Copies of police and accident reports may be purchased at the Police Department, located at 911 Hanna Avenue, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Reports cannot be purchased on weekends or holidays. Please call the Records Division to make your requests.
Report Processing Time:
The processing time for traffic reports is usually five to seven business days, excluding weekends and holidays. Some accident reports may take up to ten business days.
Questions or Further Assistance:
Records can be reached by phone between the hours 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at (559) 992-5151 ext. 1242.