Answered By: APUS Librarians
Last Updated: Sep 24, 2019     Views: 200

The best way to obtain a copy of a police report is to request it directly from the police department (visit the department website to find contact information). Keep in mind that state law regulates what can and cannot be released to the general public, and under what conditions.  There is also usually a charge for the service, depending upon the department resources used to obtain your copy. 

Police reports are seldom included in court records.  A police report is usually an exhibit in a court hearing, and is typically only referred to in passing in the transcript.  The testimony of the officer who made the report, however, is usually a part of the court transcript. 

Reports filed by FBI agents become part of the case file and are not released except by Freedom of Information Act requests. You must have the consent of the victim to obtain a record on someone other than yourself, but not for businesses organizations.

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