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getting a police report (by Frank [MA]) Jul 1, 2022 11:19 AM
       getting a police report (by Ken [NY]) Jul 1, 2022 11:24 AM
       getting a police report (by Lana [IN]) Jul 1, 2022 11:50 AM
       getting a police report (by Frank [MA]) Jul 1, 2022 11:55 AM
       getting a police report (by Frank [MA]) Jul 1, 2022 12:07 PM
       getting a police report (by Richard [MI]) Jul 1, 2022 12:49 PM
       getting a police report (by Moshe [CA]) Jul 1, 2022 1:09 PM
       getting a police report (by Allym [NJ]) Jul 1, 2022 1:44 PM
       getting a police report (by Allym [NJ]) Jul 1, 2022 1:47 PM
       getting a police report (by David [MI]) Jul 1, 2022 3:15 PM
       getting a police report (by Frank [NY]) Jul 1, 2022 6:59 PM
       getting a police report (by Mike SWMO [MO]) Jul 1, 2022 7:27 PM
       getting a police report (by Tonia [RI]) Jul 1, 2022 8:36 PM
       getting a police report (by Allym [NJ]) Jul 1, 2022 9:18 PM
       getting a police report (by MikeA [TX]) Jul 2, 2022 9:54 AM
       getting a police report (by Small potatoes [NY]) Jul 2, 2022 12:42 PM
       getting a police report (by Eddie [KY]) Jul 2, 2022 4:00 PM
       getting a police report (by zero [IN]) Jul 2, 2022 5:05 PM
       getting a police report (by Vee [OH]) Jul 3, 2022 9:34 AM
       getting a police report (by Hoosier [IN]) Jul 3, 2022 6:29 PM
       getting a police report (by RentsDue [MA]) Jul 4, 2022 10:33 PM
       getting a police report (by Nicole [PA]) Jul 5, 2022 9:20 AM

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getting a police report (by Frank [MA]) Posted on: Jul 1, 2022 11:19 AM
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I have been trying to get a police report for 6 months, they keep saying it is going right out, but I never get it, I need it to document that these people have caused mayhem at the property,

Its a small town police force,..and they (according to other tenants there) the police have been there over 20 times.

I have a feeling that maybe they don't document and keep records, but I would like to see what they have. I wonder if I can take either the police force or the town to small claims , mostly as a tool in order to get them to do something.

Its costing me money but I;m wonder if I can put a money valve on it. as I guess I would have to claim some damage? --66.30.xx.xxx




getting a police report (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Jul 1, 2022 11:24 AM
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Instead of calling show up at there office and ask for it,much harder to lie in person as opposed to over the phone.If you dont get it go to the mayors office,tell him you need it to get rid of the tenants,he should be happy to help you --74.77.xx.xx




getting a police report (by Lana [IN]) Posted on: Jul 1, 2022 11:50 AM
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ost states have a type of FOIA, In Indiana it's called the Open Access Law and police reports are considered public records. Here the state has representatives that will help if you are unable to get records which should be readily available. I am dealing with the same foot dragging here over my police complaint regarding an officer's threat to shoot my dogs. --216.23.xxx.xx




getting a police report (by Frank [MA]) Posted on: Jul 1, 2022 11:55 AM
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Well,but the town is so small that there is no mayor.The chief is only there, at his office, from 6-9 on Tues and Thurs. I went there at those times (2x)and no one was there.It's 45 minutes away, and I'm not crazy to keep making that trip, generally we have to leave a message on their phone (he says if it's an emergency to call 911 which connects to state police 15 miles away, For the Loud aggressive fights THEY call a town deputy and its generally they who shows up. --66.30.xx.xxx




getting a police report (by Frank [MA]) Posted on: Jul 1, 2022 12:07 PM
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OK so I found this,, but what then if they don't send it?

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Under the Massachusetts Public Records Law (the Law or ^PRL_) every person has the right to access public records. This includes the right to inspect, copy or have copies provided to them. One of the services that all police departments provide in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the dissemination of information to the public.

Fil

--66.30.xx.xxx




getting a police report (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Jul 1, 2022 12:49 PM
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The people involved are likely friends or family to the cops. Expect nothing. --24.180.xx.xx




getting a police report (by Moshe [CA]) Posted on: Jul 1, 2022 1:09 PM
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You are very fortunate to be in such a small town & administration. it is so much easier to get things done than it is in a big city.

Regardless of the distance, you should go and personally see the Chief and use your wit, logic and personality to get the report that you need before leaving.

--47.139.xx.xxx




getting a police report (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Jul 1, 2022 1:44 PM
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Yes, go there and it costs maybe a dollar or two and you have to pay cash perhaps. The person behind the desk can copy it in a few minutes and give it to you. Possibly they know the person in the report. I have had despatchers refuse to send police for a man collapsed in a car in front of my house who was in no condition to drive, and another with a totally smashed front window in no condition for the road. I realized that they probably knew the guys from the license plates. --108.24.xx.xx




getting a police report (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Jul 1, 2022 1:47 PM
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OK, so now I read your other post. I think you don't need the chief but the clerk who is there during the day who will find and photocopy. So with a 45 minute drive do you know an attorney out there you can pay to send his clerk over there during the day when there could be a nice lady there to make the copy? --108.24.xx.xx




getting a police report (by David [MI]) Posted on: Jul 1, 2022 3:15 PM
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If it is extremely important that you get these reports, you should engage the services of a local lawyer --50.4.xxx.x




getting a police report (by Frank [NY]) Posted on: Jul 1, 2022 6:59 PM
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Arrrrgh every time I call a lawyer, they want a 1000 or more retainer,..then as they know you are commented with them, they ask for another tho sad or more to do something.

What do you think about in my original post about filing in small claims ct. MOSTLY suing the town that would have them put pressure on him to do his duty on the OPEN RECORDS LAW.

I really don't want to go to court, and I'm thinking I really would have to

Again as a tool more than wanting money damages

--66.30.xx.xxx




getting a police report (by Mike SWMO [MO]) Posted on: Jul 1, 2022 7:27 PM
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I had a police department in a small town tell me they do not give out police reports.

In Missouri we have what is called the "Missouri sunshine law" which states what can be given out and what can not be given out in Government reports.

I called our state Attorney General office and explained what I was wanting.

About 5 days later the police Department called me and told me they had the reports and I could come by any time and pick them up.

So - find your state law that talks about open records, read it, then call your state attorney (or whoever) and ask very nicely for help.

--98.20.xxx.xxx




getting a police report (by Tonia [RI]) Posted on: Jul 1, 2022 8:36 PM
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I too awaiting police reports for a serious nuisance tenant. There is an online portal, I also called and spoke with the representative but still nothing. It looks like I have to follow some of these advices. --172.58.xxx.xx




getting a police report (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Jul 1, 2022 9:18 PM
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Yeah, the retainer thing. They do nothing then ask for more. --108.24.xx.xx




getting a police report (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Jul 2, 2022 9:54 AM
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I've had luck stopping by and talking with the city attorney in small town TX. The attorney was not happy with the police department and took care of holding them accountable until they got their paperwork caught up. --209.205.xxx.xx




getting a police report (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Jul 2, 2022 12:42 PM
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my pd has a freedom of information

(foil) form to fill out. I have list the address, may be required to show proof of ownership, and have to specify which apt andist the occupants. --24.194.xxx.xx




getting a police report (by Eddie [KY]) Posted on: Jul 2, 2022 4:00 PM
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you can do an open records request for calls to that address and they only have so many days to respond

--159.100.xxx.xx




getting a police report (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Jul 2, 2022 5:05 PM
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Had a tenant who kept fighting with his lady friend. Cops were called by other tenants, neighbors and even the tenants themselves.

He got tossed in the clink. Lady started having 5 minute guests over. It was a mess. She was not on the lease. He gets out, more cops are called. I had enough so went to the local PD.

Had to get a $5 money order and take it to them for the printouts. They were happy that I was taking control of the situation.

This was during the eviction moratorium for Covid in Indiana. I had to file an emergency eviction to get rid of him.

If a deputy keeps getting called over there then he must be friendly with them. Otherwise logic would lead one to believe he doesn't want the hassle so you getting rid of them would be in his best interest.

Sometimes tiny towns can be a pain. I still prefer small to the big cities tho. --107.147.xx.xxx




getting a police report (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jul 3, 2022 9:34 AM
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In many places you must appear in person with a copy of the property deed, and wait - thru a lunch break if needed to get your report, maybe next time they will streamline the process, in my area they are only open Mon - Wed - Thur, so knowledge is power. --76.190.xxx.xxx




getting a police report (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Jul 3, 2022 6:29 PM
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I don't think suing is the way to go. I would take a more persistent, yet professional...approach.

Go to the station and ask for the report. Then have in your head about 30 more questions for when they tell you it's not available. Practice by having a loved one give you the excuses the police may give...and respond accordingly. You will become the squeaky wheel and they will get you the report just to get rid of you. Be polite yet firm.

You: "Do you have my report?"

Police: "It's not done yet but should be any day now"

You: "I was in here a month ago and they said that, I need a more definitive answer. First off, what is your name so I can begin documenting my search for a public record that I should be able to get. Then since you say it will be "any day now", I'll stop in in two days and expect to have it then...do you agree?"

You: "Who is in charge of the process?"

Police: "Joe Dokes, but he is not here now"

You: "When will Joe Dokes be back today...I'll sit and wait for him."

Police: "Oh he's out today, but should be back tomorrow."

You: "SHOULD? Don't you know for sure? THis is important to me and I am willing to come see him but want to make sure he'll be here, can you check his schedule or make a few phone calls to find out for certain if he will be here?"

More questions you can/should ask:

You: "Who is in charge of writing the report?"

You: "Can you describe the process for issuing a report so that I can better understand which step in the process is taking so long?"

You: If I don't have the report the next time I come in, who would this be elevated to? What is your grievance process? Do you have a form I can fill out to register a complaint?

I'd make a list of about 50 such questions and just stay there asking every single one of them....this serves two purposes:

1) It helps you to understand the process and possibly uncover why this has not happened yet.

2) It lets them know you are serious and this is important to you, and will urge them to get you the report.

--99.92.xxx.xxx




getting a police report (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2022 10:33 PM
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They may be withholding the reports from you because the calls involve domestic violence. That is the only time I have not had quick access . --68.191.xx.xx




getting a police report (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Jul 5, 2022 9:20 AM
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Pennsylvania has an open records law termed "Sunshine ???". Every municipality has a designated contact person. Every municipality has their own way of providing the information; however, your request must always be in writing (they use either their specific form or a letter) and you have to pay for their services. They have a specific time period to supply you with the records or provide you the reasoning for denial (such as an ongoing police investigation).

I'd imagine in today's world, most states have something similar.

The newspapers routinely sue to get records that have been denied. Not sure how that works. --98.237.xxx.xx



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