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To request information from this governmental body, please contact: 

By Mail:   

Pittsburg Police Department
Attn: Open Records Officer

520 S Greer Blvd
Pittsburg TX 75686

 

In person at: 

Pittsburg Police Department
520 S Greer Blvd
Pittsburg TX 75686

Fax: 903 856 5457

E-mail:  cpeek@pittsburgtexas.com

 Request for Records Form

 

 

TO OBTAIN A CRASH REPORT

If you have been involved in a crash that was investigated by the Pittsburg Police Department, a copy of that report is available.  Officers have 10 days in which to file the report as required by the State.  Please note that the crash report reflects the investigating officers opinion.

Print a Blue Form (CR2)

 

OPEN RECORDS REQUEST   

Information related to requests for publicly available or procedures to request Freedom of Information Act can be found here

 

DISCOVERY

If you are a defendant seeking police reports for your case, you will be referred to the appropriate prosecutors office.  In these instances, a motion for discovery will need to be filed and the documentation will be released to you or your attorney.

 

Public Information Act

Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, gives you the right to access government records; and an officer for public information and the officer’s agent may not ask why you want them. All government information is presumed to be available to the public. Certain exceptions may apply to the disclosure of the information. Governmental bodies shall promptly release requested information that is not confidential by law, either constitutional, statutory, or by judicial decision, or information for which an exception to disclosure has not been sought.

Rights of Requestors
You have the right to:

  • Prompt access to information that is not confidential or otherwise protected;

Responsibilities of Governmental Bodies
All governmental bodies responding to information requests have the responsibility to:

  • Establish reasonable procedures for inspecting or copying public information and inform requestors of these procedures;
  • Treat all requestors uniformly and shall give to the requestor all reasonable comfort and facility, including accommodation in accordance with ADA requirements;
  • Be informed about open records laws and educate employees on the requirements of those laws;
  • Inform requestors of the estimated charges greater than $40 and any changes in the estimates above 20 percent of the original estimate, and confirm that the requestor accepts the charges, has amended the request, or has sent a complaint of overcharges to the Office of the Attorney General, in writing before finalizing the request;
  • Inform the requestor if the information cannot be provided promptly and set a date and time to provide it within a reasonable time;
  • Request a ruling from the Office of the Attorney General regarding any information the governmental body wishes to withhold, and send a copy of the request for ruling, or a redacted copy, to the requestor;
  • Segregate public information from information that may be withheld and provide that public information promptly;
  • Make a good faith attempt to inform third parties when their proprietary information is being requested from the governmental body;
  • Respond in writing to all written communications from the Office of the Attorney General regarding charges for the information. Respond to the Office of the Attorney General regarding complaints about violations of the Act.

Procedures to Obtain Information

  • Submit a request by mail, fax, email or in person according to a governmental body's reasonable procedures.
  • Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the governmental body to accurately identify and locate the information requested.
  • Cooperate with the governmental body's reasonable efforts to clarify the type or amount of information requested.

Information to be released

  • You may review it promptly, and if it cannot be produced within 10 working days the public information officer will notify you in writing of the reasonable date and time when it will be available.
  • Keep all appointments to inspect records and to pick up copies.  Failure to keep appointments may result in losing the opportunity to inspect the information at the time requested

Cost of Records

  • You must respond to any written estimate of charges within 10 business days of the date the governmental body sent it or the request is considered automatically withdrawn.
  • If estimated costs exceed $100.00 (or $50.00 if a  governmental body has fewer than 16 full time employees) the governmental body may require a bond, prepayment or deposit.

Information that may be withheld due to an exception

  • By the 10th business day after a governmental body receives your written request, a governmental body must:
  1. Request an Attorney General opinion and state which exceptions apply;
  2. Notify the requestor of the referral to the Attorney General; and
  3. Notify third parties if the request involves their proprietary information.
  • Failure to request an Attorney General opinion and notify the requestor within 10 business days will result in a presumption that the information is open unless there is a compelling reason to withhold it.
  • Requestors may send a letter to the Attorney General arguing for release, and may review arguments made by the governmental body.   If the arguments disclose the requested information, the requestor may obtain a redacted copy.

 

For complaints regarding failure to release public information please contact your local County or District Attorney.  Please ask and you will be provided with this information.

  • You may also contact the Office of the Attorney General, Open Government Hotline, at 512-478-6736512-478-6736 or toll-free at 1-877-673-6839 FREE1-877-673-6839.
  • For complaints regarding overcharges, please contact the Office of the Attorney General’s Cost Rules Administrator at  512-475-2497   or   512-475-2497