William F. Craig
Chief of Police


1033 Weldon Rd
Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849

973 697 1300 Police HQ
973 697 7230 Main Fax

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Police Records Bureau

 

The Jefferson Township Police Records Bureau manages all records for the police department and is currently staffed by two full-time, civilian employees, and Records Supervisor, Sergeant Joseph Hale. 

All requests for information such as discovery, motor vehicle crash reports, and incident verifications are processed through our Records Bureau. 


 

Requests for MV Crash Reports and Incident Verifications
can now be made on-line through our website. 
 

Motor Vehicle Crash reports are generally available 3 - 5 business days after the report is made.
Incident Verification reports are generally available 5 - 10 business days after the date of the incident.

 

 
MV CRASH REPORTS
MV Crash Reports can be picked up during normal business hours (or after hours can also be arranged), or they can be faxed or emailed to you upon request. 


INCIDENT VERIFICATION
For all other incidents that have occurred and been reported, we can provide you with an Incident Verification, which will outline the basic details of a reported incident, and can be submitted to an insurance company to report a claim. 

Incident Verifications must be picked up in person with a valid form of identification.  If you cannot pick the incident verification up during normal business hours, you can request it be left with our Communications Division, where you can pick it up any time, 24/7, as long as you show a valid ID.

DISCOVERY REQUESTS
Discovery Cannot Be Requested On Line.  All discovery requests must be in writing and can be sent to the Records Bureau by regular mail, courier, email, fax, or whatever other method of delivery is available to the sender.  By default, discovery will be sent by regular mail.  However, upon request, discovery can be sent by fax or via our secure Box account.  Which of these methods is available for this purpose depends on the volume of the discovery.
 

Click HERE to access our on-line police report request form.  
This form is NOT to be used to request Discovery.


For information on the cost to obtain police reports, please click HERE. 

 


 

 

Effective July 8, 2002, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1
"Open Public Records Act" (OPRA):

 
  • Criminal investigatory records and victim's records are not public information.  Incident verifications for insurance purposes will be issued.
  • Arrest information can be released under certain criteria.
  • Most Domestic Violence discovery requests must be made through the Morris County Prosecutor's Office.
  • Most accident reports are public information.
  • Defendants charged with a crime or offense may request Discovery through the Municipal Prosecutor under R. 7:7-7.

 
Click HERE to access a  Government Records request form (OPRA request), or you may stop by our Records Bureau window and request a hard.

 
Not all police records are public information. Criminal Investigatory Reports Are Not Public Information, which includes most police type reports.  

For more information concerning public access to police reports, you may contact Records Supervisor-Sergeant Joseph Hale
, or Public Information Officer-Detective Joseph Kratzel, at (973) 697-1300, or via their email links on our Contact Information page. 

For additional information, please also visit the New Jersey OPRA website.

To make such arrangements to pick up requested documents after hours, or for any questions you may have during business hours, you may contact our main number (973) 697-1300 and ask for the Records Bureau, or you may contact one of our Records Clerks directly as follows:

Janice Geib (973) 208-3635

Erin Ackerly (973) 208-6156

The Jefferson Township Police Records Bureau is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 


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