Getting copies of police reports


I’m wondering how far back they go? Is this stuff kept on microfiche or anything like that? Would I go to the police department when it was the town’s police, or would I go to the courthouse or the Public Safety Building dowtown. In one incident, he was arrested.

Is it possible to get copies of police reports when no one was arrested? And what about when charges were filed, later dismissed?


You can call the police to get copies of all the reports on record. I don’t know how any one police department keeps their records.

In order to introduce a police report the officer who took the report must be subpoenaed to testify.


Really? YOu can’t just show the report, just to show that, yes, one more time, the police were called?


You can show the report to prove the police were called, but nothing in the report can be introduced as evidence without the officer present.




This forum is intended to answer general legal questions. I cannot advise you in detail on how to prepare your case for trial, that is something that a lawyer can only do in a traditional lawyer client relationship.

I will however say, that you need to focus more on what you can do to provide an environment for your child that serves her best interests. You may point out your ex’s shortcomings, but that should not be the main focus.


Hello. I have a question about getting copies of police reports also. My ex has requested alimony from me, but my understanding is that if there is history of domestic abuse (which there is), he may not be entitled to it.
I went to the police station and requested a copy of the police report. The officer gave me page 1, but said I need to give that to the court to obtain the remaining pages. My questions are, is there a specific form I need to complete/file to have the court request the rest of the report? Or do I have to have the responding officer subpoenaed to physically testify? Would the officer need to attend our already scheduled divorce hearing or the hearing that is specifically for alimony?


You can issue a subpoena to the law enforcement agency requesting all reports and records involving your ex’s name.

If you want to introduce the records in a trial, you would need the officer who made the record to testify. To get the officer to court, you will need to issue a subpoena for his or her appearance in court.

You will not need this documentation and evidence for your absolute divorce hearing assuming no other issues are calendared for that day. This would come into play for the alimony court date.

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