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.
Our business office is taking appointments. To schedule an appointment contact us at: 559-846-6633
We are located at:
If your vehicle has been towed, call the Kerman Police Department Business Office at 559-846-6634 to schedule an appointment.
Information will only be provided to the registered owner and/or legal owner of the vehicle
Vehicles will not be released after 4pm. Last appointment will be at 3:30 pm.
Things to bring at the time of appointment::
- The registered owner must be present with a valid Government issued Photo I.D.
- Registered owner must have valid Driver's License (if unlicensed, registered owner must be present with (2) drivers with a valid Driver's License)
- Proof of current vehicle registration (must be original)
- Proof of current auto insurance
- Proof of payment to City of Kerman: fee of $150
Impounded Vehicles are to be held for 30 days.
Registered owners are eligible for a Vehicle Hearing with a Supervisor to determine if a vehicle can be released before the 30 days. This is not a guarantee that the hold will be lifted from the vehicle.
Once 30 days are up or hold is lifted, vehicle release requirements will be the same as listed above.
Crime Victim Assistance Center "A Voice For Victims"
- The Crime Victim Assistance Center serves victims of crimes of: Assault, Crimes Against Children, Crimes Against Dependent Adults, Crimes against Elderly (65 or older), Cyber Crimes, Domestic Violence, DUI, Hate Crimes, Homicide, Human Trafficking, Robbery, Sexual Assault, Stalking, Threats, Vehicular Manslaughter, and Other Violent Crimes
- Location: 2220 Tulare St. Ste.1111, Fresno, CA 93721
- Phone: 559-600-2822
Centro La Familia "Neighborhood Resource Center"
- Centro La Familia provides services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and other serious crimes.
- Location: 275 s. Madera Ave, Ste.402, Kerman, CA 93630
- Phone: 559-237-2961
- Victims' Service Unit assists in tracking the status of appeals, recusal cases, and other matters being handled by DOJ's prosecutors.
- Location: 14300 I Street, P.O. Box, CA 95814
- Phone: 877-433-9069
Register your bicycle with the Kerman Police Department. It's fast, it's easy and it's free. Registering your bicycle will help us get your lost/stolen bicycle back to you when it's found. We will save the information about your bicycle and your contact information to our local database. If we come across your bicycle, we will contact you.
You can do this by contacting any Kerman PD officer, stopping by the Kerman Police Department or at your local school.
For further information please call 559-846-6633.