Who can get a police report?
Victim of a crime:
If you are the victim of a vandalism or burglary, you are entitled to receive a copy of the report. If your incident resulted in an arrest, you will receive a redacted (edited) copy of the report until the case is adjudicated through the DA's office.
Traffic collision participants:
If you are involved in a traffic collision, you are entitled to receive a copy of your report. Only individuals directly involved in the accident - drivers, passengers, and registered owners of vehicles - are entitled. You insurance company is entitled to receive a copy and may request it on your behalf.
Victim of assault or domestic violence:
If you are the victim of an assault or domestic violence, you are entitled to receive a copy of the report. If your incident resulted in an arrest, you will receive a redacted (edited) copy of the report until the case is adjudicated through the DA's office.
What kind of police reports can be released?
If you have been arrested - either booked into jail or cited - you are not entitled to receive a copy of the report from the police department. You will receive a copy from the courts or your defense attorney.
Reports involving minors - Any report involving a minor (17 years of age or younger) is not releasable to anyone without a court order. This includes the parents and/or reporting parties.
Any report consisting of medical information, including 72-hour mental health commitments (5150 reports), are not releasable without a court order to anyone, including the victim.
How do I request a police report?
You must request your report in writing. Complete the Application for Release of Information form. Due to staffing limitations, Petaluma does not provide counter service. Your request will be researched and a determination made as to whether you are entitled to a copy of the report.
If the report is approved and available, your request will take between seven and ten working days to complete. Not all reports are available when you request them. Especially complex cases and traffic collisions involving injuries or fatalities can take significant investigation on the part of the officer.
We work hard to make sure Police reports and data are available to the community.