Many county and city police departments make their reports available online for viewing or download on the department website. These reports usually cover all traffic accidents or crime reported within the jurisdiction of the department, according to the Seattle Police Department.
Police reports are available online as PDF document downloads based on the report number or name of the individual involved in the incident or accident on websites such as PoliceReports.US. Some police departments charge a nominal fee for the issue of a police report, such as $3 in the case of the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department. The police records division permits the public to access police reports online at no cost, as is the case in Raleigh, North Carolina.