In general, most police reports are available between SEVEN (7) TO TEN (10) business days after the report is taken. Requests to receive police reports must be made in writing to the Ridgewood Police Records Bureau at Ridgewood Police Headquarters. Most records must be picked-up in person, although some may be obtained via U.S. Mail.
Please note: Not all police reports are public record and we reserve the right to withhold those reports which are not.
Motor Vehicle Crash Reports (with the exception of incidents involving a fatality or serious injury) will ordinarily be provided at the time of your request. Other reports, which involve sensitive or restricted information, may not be available for up to seven (7) days following your request. If your request is denied, you will be notified in writing.
The fee for in-person requests is $.05 per page, however all fees under $1.00 (19 pages or less) may be waived.
To receive a report by mail, send a self addressed, stamped envelope and written request [see link below] with a copy of your driver’s license or other photo ID to:
Ridgewood Police Records
131 North Maple Avenue
Ridgewood NJ 07450
For further information call 201-251-4531.
Police Reports that may NOT be available to the public include, but are not limited to:
Calls for service that the department will respond to that will most likely not necessitate a police report may include:
Police Report Discrepancies, Errors, and Questions:
Our officers work incredibly hard to ensure that all reports are completed accurately and include all relevant information related to each call for service and there is a process in place to ensure the accuracy and quality of all reports. Rarely, officers may make minor mistakes on reports that are not found in our process. At times, too, people may report that some information they feel is relevant to an incident has been inadvertently omitted from a report.
In order to maintain the integrity of the report, only the officer who submitted the report (or the supervisory officer who approved the report) should discuss the report with you. Although there may be an error or inadvertent omission, reports cannot be changed. A conversation with the submitting officer may alleviate any concern you may have; however, you are still entitled to submit a Supplemental Report that will be attached to the original report. Please note: filing a false police report is a crime and may be prosecuted.
If the matter in question involves an ongoing criminal or juvenile delinquency matter, which has not be adjudicated in a court of law, all requests for police reports must be submitted to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.
OPRA is a New Jersey statute that governs the public's access to government records in New Jersey. The law is compiled in the statutes as N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq.
Specifically, OPRA is intended to:
Anyone! Although OPRA specifically references "citizens of this State," the Attorney General's Office advises that OPRA does not prohibit access to residents of other states.
Also, requestors may file OPRA requests anonymously without providing any personal contact information, even though space for that information appears on the form; thus anonymous requests are permitted. However, OPRA specifically prohibits anonymous requests for victims' records. If a permissible anonymous request involves making copies and the estimated cost exceeds $5.00, the custodian may request a deposit.
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