Act 3 of 2008 is known as the Right-to-Know Law. This law states that certain information can be made available for public review. Specific investigative information and other information defined in section 708 “Exceptions for Public Records” can not be released by this agency.
If you are requesting a police report or accident report you may do so by filling out a Public Record Review/Duplication Request Form. It should be noted that some requests may take up to five (5) days to complete. The fee for requests is set by the Act and is listed below.
If you have any questions regarding the Right-to-Know Law, please ask or you can check the information provided at http://www.openrecordspa.org.
To DOWNLOAD the Slate Belt Regional Police Department’s Record Request Form, please click HERE RecordRequest , fill out form and bring to the Slate Belt Regional Police Department Headquarters.
INCIDENT REPORT…. .25 per page
PHOTOGRAPHS….. $25.00 per request…..$1.00 per print
DOCUMENTS ON DISK….. COST OF DISK
POSTAGE….. ACTUAL COST
OFFICER APPEARANCE….. ACTUAL COST
CERTIFICATION OF RECORD….. $5.00
FILING OF APPEAL
(a) Authorization. — (1) If a written request for access to a record is denied or deemed denied, the requester may file an appeal with the Office of Open Records or judicial, legislative or other appeals officer designated under section 503(d) within 15 business days of the mailing date of the agency’s response or within 15 business days of a deemed denial. The appeal shall state the grounds upon which the requester asserts that the record is a public record, legislative record or financial record and shall address any grounds stated by the agency for delaying or denying the request. (2) Except as provided in section 503(d), in the case of an appeal of a decision by a Commonwealth agency or local agency, the Office of Open Records shall assign an appeals officer to review the denial.
(b) Determination. — (1) Unless the requester agrees otherwise, the appeals officer shall make a final determination which shall be mailed to the requester and the agency within 30 days of receipt of the appeal filed under subsection (a). (2) If the appeals officer fails to issue a final determination within 30 days, the appeal is deemed denied. (3) Prior to issuing a final determination, a hearing may be conducted. The determination by the appeals officer shall be a final order. The appeals officer shall provide a written explanation of the reason for the decision to the requester and the agency.
(c) Direct interest. — (1) A person other than the agency or requester with a direct interest in the record subject to an appeal under this section may, within 15 days following receipt of actual knowledge of the appeal but no later than the date the appeals officer issues an order, file a written request to provide information or to appear before the appeals officer or to file information in support of the requester’s or agency’s position. (2) The appeals officer may grant a request under paragraph (1) if: (i) no hearing has been held; (ii) the appeals officer has not yet issued its order; and (iii) the appeals officer believes the information will be probative. (3) Copies of the written request shall be sent to the agency and the requester.