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  ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS ACT    

 Please refer to Written Procedures below when making a request.  The Richmond Police Department asks that you assist us in processing your request for law enforcement records in an accurate and timely fashion by completing and submitting the form attached to this link:   Request for Public Records.doc   

        

Written Procedures for Accessing Public Records

Pursuant to § 38-2-1, of the Rhode Island General Laws – “The public’s right to access public records and the individual’s right to dignity and privacy are both recognized to be principles of the utmost importance in a free society.”  Under the Access to Public Records Act (APRA) § 38-2-3(d), of the Rhode Island General Laws, the Richmond Police Department offers the following written procedures as guidance for the public on how to request access to public records maintained by this agency: 

  1. Chief Elwood M. Johnson, Jr. is the public records officer for the Richmond Police Department.

  1. Requests can be submitted as follows:
    1. Hand-delivered to the dispatch window at the Richmond Police Department located at 1168 Main Street, Wyoming, RI 02898;
    2. Mailed to the attention of Chief Johnson at the Richmond Police Department, PO Box 203, Wyoming, RI 02898;
    3. Faxed to the attention of Chief Johnson at (401)539-8293; or
    4. E-mailed to Chief Johnson at chief@richmondpd.org.

  1. Our department provides the attached “Request for Police Records” form for your convenience and to assist us in furnishing a prompt and accurate response, but it is not necessary to submit your request on this form as long your request is readily identifiable as a public records request.

  1. You are not required to provide identification or the reason you seek the information.

  1. Unless you are seeking records available pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act or other documents prepared for or readily available to the public, we request that you submit your request in writing on the aforementioned form or in another legible format. 

  1. Please be advised that the APRA allows a public body ten (10) business days to respond, which can be extended an additional twenty (20) business days for “good cause.” 

  1. If you feel that you have been denied access to public records, you have the right to file an administrative appeal with Rob Rock (Richmond Town Administrator), and/or the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General, and/or you may file a lawsuit in Superior Court.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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