Citizens can file police reports for wide variety of reasons (i.e. domestic disputes, traffic accidents, burglaries and home invasions, fraud, theft, stalking, violence, etc.). To file a report, civilians usually begin by calling 911 or their local police department’s non-emergency line, to report the incident. Once the incident is reported, law enforcement officers are dispatched and arrive on the scene. Then they evaluate the situation, make observations, interview witnesses, record data, and complete the forms required by their local police department.
Contents Contained in a Police Report:
Generally, case reports are a matter of public record and can contain a wealth of information. A public record is simply information maintained by a government agency that can be linked to a specific person. You can complete a thorough background check of someone just by researching these records. You will receive:
- The names of the parties involved in the incident
- Date of the occurrence or incident
- Location of the occurrence or incident
- Reference number (if available)
Information that can be obtained from case documents includes identifying information of all involved parties and witnesses, such as full name, address, phone number, date of birth, social security number, driver’s license number, and any other identifying information. The law enforcement case file can also contain motor vehicle information, as well as specific details of the incident being documented and any evidence recovered.
Examples of police reports may include but are not limited to: domestic disputes, traffic accidents, thefts, fraud, assault, burglaries, and stalking incidents. Other information that may be available includes crime surveys, crime statistics, calls for service, and traffic accident surveys.
How to Obtain a Police Record:
By law, certain police records and violation reports maintained by the Police Department are accessible to the general public. To obtain a copy of a police report you must complete a request form, or a request for public records. Then, you must either mail or deliver the request for the law enforcement documents to the appropriate Police Department. Some sheriff’s offices and government departments have online forms or email contacts to submit requests online. A fee is usually required to obtained copies of the document.
Check your city’s website, or the local police department’s website. They may have a form posted online that you can print out and complete to request a police report. 
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: eInvestigator, “How to Obtain a Police Report, Arrest Records and Law Enforcement Case Files”: https://www.einvestigator.com/how-to-obtain-a-police-report/
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