How do you look up police reports by case number?


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Police reports can be looked up by case number by contacting either the police department making the report, or the court where the case is pending, according to Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara. Each state has different practices regarding police report availability and what information is necessary to look them up.

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Crime victims need to contact the local police agency directly to get a copy of the police report, Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara advises. If the person requesting the police report is not the victim or the defendant in the case, a copy of the police report is obtained from the court using the case number. If a case number is not available, the court’s website provides directions on how to obtain it. For an accident occurring in Santa Clara County, the court says to contact the investigating agency for a copy of the police report.

In Indianapolis, copies of police reports are obtained through the citizen services desk at police headquarters, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Its website also gives a link to online access to Indianapolis police reports, which can be searched by case number. Like many other police departments and courts, Indianapolis charges a fee for providing copies of reports.

The City of Houston Police Department provides online access to get police reports by case number. There are limitations as to the type of police report obtainable from the online service, which are detailed on its website.

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