How to get copies of a police report

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How to get copies of a police report
Reports are filed by officers that respond to a crime scene. (Siri Stafford/Lifesize/Getty Images)

When an incident occurs and it is reported to the police, a report is filed. Incidents range from anything from robbery to domestic abuse, and more. If you are involved in an incident and a police report is filed, then you have a right to obtain a copy of the police report. In general, police reports are filed at the city or county police department where the incident occurred. In some cases, police reports are filed at the police records department. Call your local police department to find out where you need to go to obtain a copy of an incident report.

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    Visit the police department or records department any time of the day. Police departments are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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    Ask the desk clerk to direct you to the records department where you can obtain a copy of an incident report. The clerk will show you where to go, and will assist with any other questions you may have.

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    Provide the records department with the information on the incident report. Include the names of the victims (if any), the date of the incident, and the type of incident that occurred so that the correct report is found.

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    Pay any fee that is required to obtain an incident report, which varies from state to state. Call before you visit to make sure you have the correct amount, and to inquire as to what type of payment methods are accepted. Take a copy of your incident report home with you.

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