Business Office

Guidelines for Releasing Reports 

The release of police reports is directed by the California Public Records Act (CPRA) under the Government Code Section 6250-6260. 

Police reports are to not be released until a "right to know" a "need to know" is established. The "Right to know" is the right to obtain a police report information on the basis of a court order, statute, or decisional law. A "need to know" is defined as the necessity to obtain police report information in order to conduct official responsibilities. 

Note: Police reports are not releasable to suspects and/or arrested individuals. These individuals my obtain reports though processes such as, legal representatives using the discovery and/or subpoena process. 

Types of reports that can be released

  • Traffic Collision Reports/Exchange of Information Forms 
  • Property Crime Reports 
  • Lost or Found Property Reports 
  • Documentation Reports 
  • Domestic Violence Reports (Victim only)

Types of reports that can not be released 

  • Active Investigation Reports 
  • Criminal Reports (Victims may be eligible to receive a copy, please call to verify if it is releasable) 
  • Crime Scene Photographs
  • Photographs of arrested persons, witnesses, or suspects

Note: If you are unsure if your report is releasable please call the Kerman Police Department Business Office at  559-846-6634

Obtaining a copy of a police report 

Requests for obtaining a copy of a police report must be turned into the Kerman Police Department Records Office during business hours: Monday - Friday   8AM -  5PM

You will be required to present a valid government issued photo ID at time of request. There is a fee of $15 for each copy of a police report, photos if available can provided on a CD for a fee of $10. 

Requests for a copy of police reports are answered in the order that they are received, dependent of the amount of requests, requests can take up to 7 - 10 business days.  

You can pre-fill a Request for Police Report form. 

Request for Police Report (PDF)

Solicitud para Copia de Reporte (PDF)

Our business office is taking appointments. To schedule an appointment contact us at: 559-846-6633

We are located at:

Kerman Police Department
850 s Madera Ave.
Kerman, CA 93630