Like all government agencies, the Farmington Police Department is required under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to disclose certain records requested in writing by any person. Each state has its own public access laws that should be consulted for access to state and local records. You may find more information on this at The Connecticut Freedom of Information website.
Coming in contact with a police department could be an unnerving experience. If at some point it becomes necessary for you to contact us we desire to put you at ease and serve you in the most professional manner.
Requesting Police Reports
Copies of reports may be requested in person or by mail. However, state statutes govern which reports are permitted to be copied. The officers have as long as needed to complete reports. After a certain length of time your report may have been destroyed according to the schedule provided by the Public Records Administration. There are many variables which may come into play in whether your report is releasable.
- Accident Reports
There are no restrictions on release unless criminal charges were filed in relation to the accident. Public release must await final court disposition of any criminal charges, however persons actually involved in the accident may obtain the record subsequent to the issuance of a warrant or summons in the matter. Accident reports, with the exception of fatalities, may be destroyed after ten years.
Accident Reports Now Available On-Line
- Active Investigations
In most cases these records are not accessible.
- Arrest Reports
Requests must be made to the court. Farmington is served by GA14 at 101 Lafayette Street Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 566-1630.
- Uncorroborated Allegations
Access to these is denied by law.
- Juvenile Information
All requests for information must be made to the juvenile court. The police are statutorily forbidden from releasing juvenile arrest information. The Superior Court Juvenile Matters has a venue system which differs from the adult courts; we can provide you with the address of the juvenile court involved in a specific case if you need to make a request for records.
- Certain Identities
The identities of certain persons are exempted from disclosure by statute: Sexual assault and risk of injury victims, certain witnesses (as well as signed statements from witnesses), and confidential sources.
Costs for Reports
In accordance with state statute, there is a 50 cent charge for each side copied. In addition to the cost, written requests must also include a self-addressed stamped envelope. If you lose an infraction or summons ticket we will also copy these for you.
Information Needed To Process Your Request
Incident numbers are the most helpful. Reports can also be found by date, time, location, name of person involved and officer’s name.
Requesting a Records Check
Anticipating new employment, adoption, visas for foreign travel? Bring a photo ID to the records unit and we will be happy to do a records check for you. Only Farmington records will be searched. For a statewide criminal history check, you may visit the State Police Bureau of Identification.
Requesting Reports of Criminal Activity or Accidents at a Specific Location
Moving to a new location? Looking for safer streets? We will gladly do a report of a specific type of activity at a specific location for a specific time period.
Requesting to Hire an Officer for an Extra Duty Job
Are you doing a construction job? Having an event with a large anticipated crowd? Please call the Records Department to hire an extra duty officer. These officers will insure a safe event or job site. Call us and we will post your request.
Violations of Town Codes
Town Codes govern a multitude of specific areas of legislation such as parking, blighted buildings, zoning, and alarms.
Citations may be issued for violations of these town codes. Rules for paying these citations are spelled out in the codes. If one feels that these citations were issued in error or that there are mitigating factors, Chapter 91 explains the citation hearing process whereby you would be able to appeal to a citation. An impartial hearing officer would then make a judgment as to your appeal.
Do you have an alarm system? Please keep in mind that false alarms are counted for each location in town, and for more than three in a one year period there will be a charge. This period runs from July 1 through June 30 annually. See Chapter 75 – Alarm Systems for more detail information.
Requests for Permits
Do you need a raffle permit or a peddling or soliciting license? Please file your applications in the records department. We will assure smooth sailing with the state for your raffle permit. See Town Code Chapter 144 for information on obtaining a license for peddler and soliciting.
Requests for Pawn Broker, Precious Metal, or Secondhand Dealer Licenses
Do you need a pawn broker; precious metal or secondhand dealer license? Please file your applications in the records department. Listed below are the applications and requirements for each license.
Pawn Brokers Requirements
Pawn Broker Application
Precious Metal Dealers Requirements
Precious Metal Dealer Application
Secondhand Dealers Requirements
Secondhand Dealers Application
We here in the records department hope that we will be of assistance to you.
Comments and questions can be sent to:
Records Unit Supervisor Linda Carlin