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Public summary of FOIA procedures and guidelines
The following information is required to search for routine police records (described below):
nature of the incident;
date of incident and, if known, time of incident;
names of individuals involved in the matter.
Without this information, your request may be denied as the Police Department requires such information in order to conduct a search for the record.
Routine Police Records include:
911 Audio Recordings;
911 CAD Reports;
Police Dash-Cam Videos;
Simple Arrest Reports;
Police Incident Reports concerning:
domestic dispute matters,
simple assault and battery,
Motor Vehicle Accident Reports.
Police records concerning the following matters are not routine:
gang related activities and incidents, and
criminal sexual conduct.
Therefore, requests for these documents should be submitted to the FOIA Coordinator at the Law Department.
You may download a copy of the City of Detroit FOIA or City of Detroit Police FOIA forms to submit a FOIA request.
Please note that failure to complete the form may result in a denial of the request.
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.
All FOIA appeals are reviewed and signed off by either the Corporation Counsel or the
Deputy Corporation Counsel.