Records Services Unit
The Records Services Unit is overseen by the Administrative Services Supervisor and consists of three Records Specialists who are responsible for processing and maintaining all police department records including incident reports, traffic crash reports, traffic citations, arrest reports, and more. In addition, the Records Services Unit handles public records requests, department office administration, subpoena processing, and department and crime statistics.
Public Records Requests
The Records Services Unit is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays. Public records requests can be made in person by coming into the Public Safety Building at 1410 Tamiami Trail. Public records requests can also be made by calling 941-575-1725 or by emailing email@example.com. If making a public records request, please be aware of the following:
- Traffic Crash Reports: The State of Florida exempts traffic crash reports from public disclosure for the first 60 days except for those involved in the crash and other specific individuals. If requesting a traffic crash report within the first 60 days you will be required to complete an affidavit specifying why you are entitled to the report. This form can be picked up at the police department or can be requested via email.
- Background Checks: The police department is only able to conduct background checks for our jurisdiction, which encompasses the city limits of Punta Gorda. Information provided will not include incidents that occurred outside of the City.
- Marsy's Law: Victims who invoke their right to confidentiality under Amendment 6 of the Florida Constitution (Marsy's Law) will have their information redacted from all public records. This includes public records requested by the victim or the victim's representative.