Records Bureau is responsible for maintaining all
official police reports/documents. Both incident
and motor vehicle accident reports are now
maintained in the department’s computerized record
keeping system. Reports are available in person for
a nominal fee. Effective July 8, 2002 and in
accordance with N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1:
Investigative reports are
not public information. Incident verifications
for insurance purposes can be issued.
Arrest information can be
released under certain criteria.
Most accident reports are
Defendants charged with a
crime or offense may request Discovery through
the Municipal Prosecutor under Court Rules.
Domestic Violence Reports &
Information and reports involving juveniles must
be requested through the Mercer County
most reports are available to the public under the
Open Public Records Act (OPRA), certain reports are
not. A summary of the procedures, forms and
timetables for access are explained in more detail
What is a government record?
government record is a physical record that has a
government purpose and that is held by a public
agency. Under OPRA, the “physical record” includes
any paper, written or printed book, document,
drawing, map, plan, photograph, microfilm,
data-processed or image-processed document, and
information stored or maintained electronically or
by sound recording.
What government records are accessible to
Generally, all government records are accessible to
the public except those that fall under the
exceptions to public access set forth in OPRA.
These exceptions to public accessibility standards
exist because of the legal principle that citizens
have a reasonable expectation of privacy regarding
records in possession of a public agency; because of
public safety concerns; and because of the need to
insure unfettered debate, discussion, and
consideration of issues inside public agencies.
Exceptions: Autopsy reports, victim
locations, criminal investigative records, victim
records, credit card numbers, DYFS information,
social security numbers, electronic surveillance,
unlisted telephone numbers, fingerprint
cards, drivers’ license numbers, juvenile records,
domestic violence data, safety of persons or