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Information Management and Technology Division- Records Section

Records Management Unit

Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters
100 Edison Park Drive
Gaithersburg MD 20878
Main# 240-773-5330
Fax# 240-773-5325
 

The Records Management Unit, located at the Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters,  is open to the public Monday through Friday 8 am to 4pm.  The unit is responsible for the distribution of police reports to the public, courts, attorneys and other law enforcement agencies.  Employees in this area are responsible for receiving and processing requests for police reports and Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) requests. Reports can be obtained via postal mail or in person.  Accident reports can also be obtained at a local district stationDistrict stations accept cash only.  MPIA request should be made via postal mail.

To obtain a copy of a police report (burglary, theft, vandalism or motor vehicle accident), in which you are a person of interest, the cost is $10.00 which can be in the form of cash, check, credit card or money order either mailed to the above address or paid in person Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Accident reports may take up to 10 working days to be ready for release.  To verify a report is ready for pick-up, please call the phone number listed above.  To better serve you, please provide your 8 digit case report number along with your payment. A valid form of identification is required for all reports.

Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA)

Maryland’s Public Information Act (“PIA”) gives the public the right to access government records without unnecessary cost and delay. The PIA applies to all three branches of Maryland state government as well as local government entities. The PIA is found in the General Provisions Article (“GP”), §§ 4- 101 through 4-601, Annotated Code of Maryland. It is similar to the federal Freedom of Information Act, which applies to federal executive branch agencies and independent federal regulatory agencies. The PIA grants you the right to review the available records that are disclosable and to obtain copies of those records. It does not require an agency to answer informational questions or to create a record to satisfy your request.  Anyone can submit a MPIA request.  However, some public records are confidential under federal or state statutes, under court rules, or under various common law privileges such as attorney-client privilege and executive privilege. GP § 4-301. The PIA itself also protects certain records from disclosure.

 

Montgomery County Department of Police · J. Thomas Manger, Chief
Public Safety Headquarters
100 Edison Park Drive · Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Non-emergency: 301.279.8000
 
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