RIGHT TO KNOW REQUESTS
It is the policy of the Newtown Township Police Department to comply with the requirements of the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law (Act 3 of 2008). 65 P.S. Sections 67.101, et seq.
The purpose of this Policy is to establish guidelines necessary to comply with the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law.
The Department shall comply with the requirements of the Pennsylvania Right to Know Act (Act 3 of 2008), 65 P.S. Sections 67.101, et seq.
The Chief’s Executive Assistant shall be designated as the Opens Records Officer to assure compliance with this policy and disseminate records to the public appropriately.
Requests for public records are available, with the appropriate, fee in person from the Newtown Township Police Department Records Division, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, excluding holidays or extenuating circumstances. Records may also be requested by email, fax or mail with the appropriate fee included.
All records requests shall be made on the Departments Right to Know Request Form for Reports and Visual Media.
Under the “Right to Know Law,” investigative reports are exempted from the definition of a “public record,” therefore any such request will be denied.
Criminal History information is not accessible under the “Right to Know Law.”
Unless a charge of juvenile delinquency is transferred for criminal prosecution under section 6355 of the Juvenile Act, or the court otherwise orders, the records and files of a juvenile shall not be open to public inspection or their contents disclosed to the public.
The Open Records Officer will make a good faith effort to respond appropriately within five (5) business days after the date the initial request is received by the Open Records Officer.
If a Right to Know request for records is granted, the department will follow the most up to date Official Right to Know Law Fee Structure set by the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records: Office of Open Records Fee Schedule.
There shall be no limitation on the number of public records which may be requested or made available for inspection or duplication. Fees will be assessed on a per copy basis.
There shall be no requirement to disclose the purpose or motive in requesting access to records which are considered public.
If a records request is denied, any fee collected shall be returned to the requestor. The requestor shall be informed of the reason for the denial and of the appeal process.
Exception – Incident reports, photographs and other investigative information may be released to other law enforcement agencies upon approval from the shift supervisor or a detective. The Departments Right to Know Request Form for Reports and Visual Media need not be completed for these instances.
This policy shall be posted for public view in the lobby of the Township building as well as being posted on the Township’s website along with the following:
Contact information for the Department’s Open Records Officer:
Newtown Township Police Department
Attn: Open Records Officer, Jean Tanner
100 Municipal Drive
Newtown, Pa 18940
Phone# – 215-579-1000 ext 233
Contact information for open records appeals:
Bucks County District Attorney’s Office
Attn: Open Records Appeal Officer
100 N. Main St, 2nd Floor
Doylestown, PA 18901
Phone# – 215-348-6344