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Routine and simple Police FOIA requests are directly handled by the DPD Law Unit with assistance from the Law Department FOIA Section. 

  • The following ARE routine and simple police FOIA requests:
    • Certain or specific police report with the DPD report number; and/or
    • Non-critical or non-fatal motor vehicle accident (MVA) reports;
    • 911 Audio Recordings-pertaining to MVA, domestic dispute, simple assault, and battery or theft
    • 911 CAD Reports-pertaining to MVA, domestic dispute, simple assault, and battery or theft
    • Police Dash-Cam Videos-pertaining to MVA, domestic dispute, simple assault, and battery or theft
    • Simple Arrest Reports
    • Mug Shots
    • Police Incident Reports concerning: domestic dispute matters, simple assault and battery or theft
    • Motor Vehicle Accident Reports.
  1. When submitting a FOIA request concerning police matters, you must sufficiently describe a public record so as to enable DPD personnel to find it.
    • Therefore, your FOIA request must contain the following information:
      • A description of the incident ;
      • Names of individuals who were involved in the incident;
      • Date of the incident;
      • Description of the record are you looking for; and
      • Location of the incident.
    • If you know which DPD unit, division, precinct or officer has the request record, please identify them.
    • If you have the police report number, please identify the report number.
    • The more descriptive and specific your request is, the easier it would be for a DPD personnel to search and to retrieve the requested record(s).
  2. Your request should include the word “FOIA” or “FOIA Request”.

Although no specific form is required to submit a FOIA request to the City of Detroit, the City has a DPD FOIA Request Form specifically for police records, for your use and convenience.
Routine Police FOIA Form

For convenience, you may also email the completed form or your written request, which provides sufficient information for DPD personnel to locate the requested record, to: DPDFOIA@detroitmi.gov.

Note: If the FOIA request is for medical records, such as ambulance or an EMS run sheets, compliance with both federal HIPAA regulations and the Michigan Medical Records Access Act is required.
EMS Division HIPPA Form

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