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              POLICE REPORTS:


You can request a copy of a report either by mail or in person at the township building. Hundreds of thousands of police reports are kept on file in this facility. Most reports are kept for a minimum of 10 years. It is important to know that if you need a copy of a report, your request will be processed much more expediently if you are familiar with some of the procedures involved in accommodating your request.

WHAT INFORMATION WILL THE OFFICER NEED TO PROCESS MY REQUEST?
To expedite the process of locating your report, you should know the date, time, and location of the incident. You should also know the name of the officer that handled the report, and the Incident number. Since our reports are tracked by computer, these   Incident numbers are very important. You may not need all of the above information, however, the more you have, the faster your request can be processed. Washington Township officers are frequently called to assist other police agencies in bordering jurisdictions, however, we only keep records on events that actually occur within the limits of the Washington Township.

WHO CAN OBTAIN A COPY OF A POLICE REPORT?
The law states that anyone who is an "interested party" in a particular case can obtain a copy of that report. This generally means that if your name appears in the report, you or your attorney or insurance agent may obtain a copy of it. It is important to note that the police department may deny access to police reports for several valid reasons, the most common one being that a case is still in an ongoing investigation status.

HOW DO I OBTAIN A COPY OF A POLICE REPORT?
Provided that you have the necessary information, your request can be processed here at the Township Building, or through the mail. Copies of police reports cost $15.00. Occasionally they will cost more if the report is exceptionally long.

The Office is open Monday through Friday from 7Am to 3PM to process requests. All incident (crime) reports MUST  be requested and picked up during these hours.

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