You’ve been in an accident in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Maybe you got into a car crash on Lake Cook Road or you got hurt in a fall at the grocery store. What happens next?
Your insurance company may want a police report documenting the accident to determine whether you should be reimbursed. Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to obtain a police report or traffic accident report in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. In this article, we’ll walk you through the process, step by step.
In the Village of Buffalo Grove, the Police Records Services department is considered the memory of the police department. Records is responsible for essential documentary duties, including:
- Monitoring active and canceled arrest warrants;
- Submitting records for the Illinois Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) system;
- Managing the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS);
- Tracking arrest reports and UCR submissions;
- Managing and submitting digital fingerprint reviews;
- Updating active court case file documentation;
- Responding to subpoenas;
- Processing fees collected by the department;
- Responding to Freedom of Information Act requests.
Police Records Services encourages people to request records online if possible. But requests can also be made in person at:
Public Records Services
46 Raupp Boulevard
Buffalo Grove, IL 68089
The records supervisor is Linda Paul, and she can be reached by phone at 847-459-2560 or by email at email@example.com.
Traffic Accident Reports
You can also request traffic accident reports online in Buffalo Grove. When you are involved in a traffic accident, the officer taking the report should provide you with a report number and basic information about the report, including the parties involved. To obtain an online report, you will need to provide information about the incident, including the state and jurisdiction, your name, the date of the incident, the location or cross street, and the report number. You may also need to provide an involved party’s birthdate. There are fees for online reports.
Freedom of Information Act Requests
To obtain reports other than traffic crash reports, you must make a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Illinois FOIA statute is intended to allow anyone to obtain public records and information to promote accountability and transparency in government. See 5 ILCS §140/1. Requests for Buffalo Grove police records through the FOIA can be made online or in person at the Public Records Services office address listed above.
FOIA requests must include:
- The requestor’s full name, phone number, and address;
- A description of the public record sought, being as specific as possible; and
- Whether the request is for inspection of public records, copies, or both.
- The request should also indicate if the information is for commercial use and whether a waiver of fees is requested.
The village must respond within five business days after the FOIA request is received with either the requested record, a denial, or a request for more time. Fees for requests vary by size, but the records department won’t charge for the first 50 pages of black and white letter or legal sized pages. Copies over 50 pages are $.15 per page. The records department may remove identifying personal information from the report if it would result in an unwarranted invasion of privacy. This might include things like the home addresses of witnesses.
If for some reason your records request is denied, you can request a review by the Public Access Counselor. The Illinois Attorney General’s office provides the Public Access Counselor to assist individuals in obtaining public records and to advise public bodies to ensure that they comply with the Freedom of Information Act.
If you have been injured and need help obtaining a police report, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers for a free consultation. Our experienced personal injury attorneys have been helping people in Buffalo Grove and across the state of Illinois for many years.