MDDC Police Records reporting project - Sunshine Week
Police Agency interviewed
What is their published policy for police records such as accident reports, police reports, etc.? Please copy and paste, or upload a file. If they do not have a set policy, please indicate that.
Attach a policy if available
Name of interviewee, title
What is the charge for copies of police reports, accident reports and anything else (video clips, audio clips, body camera footage). Get a copy of the fee schedule, which might be quoted in a story or used for a chart.
Attach fee schedule if available
Ask the police chief or a top official (to be quoted in a story): How does your department's policy mesh with the “reasonable” fee standard? Please explain. See below for Maryland's statute.
Maryland Public Information Act says government agencies, including police departments, may charge a “reasonable” fee to make a copy of a public record.
“Reasonable” is defined as “bearing a reasonable relationship to the recovery of actual costs incurred by a governmental unit.” (For comparison, copy centers, which have a much higher volume of copies, usually charge less than 10 cents per page.)
Government agencies cannot charge for labor for the first two hours of work to fill a request.
Do you ever give copies of records at a reduced cost or no cost? Under what circumstances?
How many public records requests did your department receive in fiscal year 2018? How many of those requests did you fill and how many did you deny? Are most requests for documents a few pages or many pages?
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