Public Records Request

The records personnel at the Emmett Police Department are responsible for processing reports, assisting officers and detectives in record research, and greeting citizens at our front reception area. They answer incoming calls to ensure that our customers are connected to the appropriate person or division. This section is highly organized and capable of answering most questions.  The records personnel house all city police reports, and works closely with the prosecutor’s office and court clerks.

Public Record Request

 

The Emmett Police Department follows the guidelines of Idaho State Code Title 74.  All requests for public records must be made on the proper form. After consultation with the city attorney, the police department command staff has the final authority on whether documents are to be released and what redactions are necessary.

 

Requests are handled in as timely a manner as possible with recognition that Idaho Code provides a public agency shall grant or deny a person’s request to examine or copy public records within three (3) working days and if such request is granted, provide the public records to the interested party no later than ten (10) working days following the request.

 

Old records, such as any misdemeanor or traffic reports, are destroyed after ten years and may no longer be accessible. If you have questions pertaining to the release of public records maintained by the Emmett Police Department, please call us at 208-365-6055 during business office hours: 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday – Friday.

 

To request a copy of a police report, complete a Records Request form. If the case number or report number is unknown, please note the names of the person(s) involved, location, date, and time of the incident. Requests take 3 to 5 working days to process. When picking up the copy you will need to bring photo identification.

You may submit the request via fax or mail. 

 

By mail:                                                               By fax:
Emmett Police Department                             208-365-6062
Attention:  Records Request
501 E. Main Street
Emmett, ID 83716
 

Good Conduct Letters

 

The Emmett Police Department issues letters of good conduct upon request to assist members of the community with foreign travel requirements.

 

To request a Good Conduct Letter complete a Good Conduct Letter Request form. You may fax or mail the request. Processing may take up to 5 business days.  When picking up the copy you will need to bring photo identification.

 

This letter will only include conduct within the City of Emmett.  State law prevents the Emmett Police Department from including records information maintained by other law enforcement agencies.

Idaho State Criminal History Information and Background Checks


Businesses requesting background checks ex:  potential employees, potential renters, CASA, etc., please refer to the Idaho State Repository website. This website will allow the general public to review a person’s criminal history in all 44 counties within the State of Idaho. 

 

Additional criminal history information may be obtained from the State of Idaho. Please refer to the following websites for inquiries as to what information is available and the appropriate forms or procedures to obtain this information.


Idaho Criminal History Information from the Idaho State Police:

https://isp.idaho.gov/BCI/
Select Fingerprinting and Background Checks from tabs at top for a list of services.

 

Idaho Criminal History Information from Health & Welfare:

https://chu.dhw.idaho.gov/

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare conducts criminal history background checks on various classes of individuals who have access to, or provide care or services to children or vulnerable adults, as required by regulation.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT RECORDS

 

How do I get a copy of an accident report?


Accident reports are released upon request as long as the accident did not involve serious injury or death requiring further investigation.   Click here for the Records Request Form

How long will it take to receive the records that I requested?


Usually, it takes 3 -10 days from the receipt of your request for you to receive your requested records. 

Why can't I have a copy of a police report?


Some of the reasons that you might not be allowed to have a copy of a police report include but are not limited to: 

 

  • Interference with enforcement proceedings.

  • They would deprive a person of a right to a fair trial or an impartial adjudication.

  • They would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy

  • They would disclose the identity of a confidential source and, in the case of a record compiled by a criminal law enforcement agency in the course of a criminal investigation, confidential information furnished only by the confidential source.

  • They would disclose investigative techniques and procedures.

  • They would endanger the life or physical safety of law enforcement personnel.

 

(To view Idaho Code Title 74 in its entirety, Click Here)

How can I find crime statistics for the City of Emmett?

 

In compliance with Idaho Code 67-3006 and 67-2915, the Emmett Police Department submits crime data under the Idaho Uniform Crime Reporting Program. Data is compiled statewide and published annually in a Crime in Idaho report.  Click here to access the Crime in Idaho Online Database.

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