How do I obtain a copy of my Incident Report?
Reports are generally filed by the patrol officers at the end of their shift, so reports are usually available within approximately 48 hours of the report being taken. At the current time there is no system in place to receive and/or respond to an individual's incident report request via email and/or fax from the Records Room (706 - 653 - 3209).
If you are a resident of Columbus, Georgia, you can personally pick up a courtesy copy of an incident report from the Officers at Desk Services located in the lobby of the Public Safety Building, 510 10th Street, Columbus, Georgia. Open 5 days a week, Monday - Friday from 7:00am to 7:00pm (706)653-3209.
If you are not a resident, you may submit a written request (providing all pertinent information in your written request to aid in locating the report you seek) with advance payment of $2.00, addressed to Columbus Police Department, Public Safety Building, Attn: Records, 510 10th Street, Columbus, Georgia, 31902.
How do I obtain a copy of my Automobile Accident Report?
The Columbus Police Department has partnered with BUYCRASH.COM, through the State of Georgia, to be the repository of all its automobile accident reports. Simply go to www.Buycrash.com and you will be able to view, download and print your accident report for a nominal fee.
If you are a resident of Columbus, Georgia, you may personally pick up a courtesy copy of your automobile accident report from the Officers at Desk Services located in the lobby (706 - 653 - 3205 7AM to 7PM 7 days a week) of the Public Safety Building, 510 10th Street, Columbus, Georgia.
How do I submit a request under the Georgia Open Records Act?
Georgia law, O.C.G.A. §§ 50-18-70, et. seq., allows for the following formats:
Public Safety Building
510 10th Street
Columbus Police Department
Open Records Compliance Office
Attn: Sgt. Sam Cothran
510 10th Street
P.O. Box 1866
Columbus, Georgia 31902-1866
What is a GA Open Records Request?
The Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) Open Records Act, O.C.G.A. §§ 50-18-70, et seq., governs which records are open for public inspection.
How long does it take to obtain a response from a request submitted under the GA Open Records Act?
The actual length of time varies between each request. Records that are readily available will be provided within three (3) business-days from the date the request is received by the Open Records Compliance Office. O.C.G.A. §50-18-71(b)(1)(A) In those instances wherein some, but not all records are available, the department will make production of the records as they become available. Please note, requests for 911 Call Center items require 2 to 8 weeks for processing.
How much does a request submitted under the GA Open Records Act cost?
The department utilizes the most economical means reasonably calculated to identify and produce responsive, non-exempt records. All costs are determined by the prorated hourly salary of the lowest paid person eligible to complete the request, plus search, retrieval, redaction, production, copying costs (ten cents per page) and postage. The first quarter hour is free of charge.
- Requests that cost under $25.00, O.C.G.A. § 50-18-71 (c)(1), will be released along with an invoice payable within 30 days.
- If a request exceeds $25.00 but is less than $500.00, O.C.G.A. §50-18-71(d), the department will respond with the estimated cost and time-line of production of the record. Upon agreement to pay, the request will be processed and produced without delay, along with an invoice payable within 30 days.
- If a request exceeds $500.00, O.C.G.A. §50-18-71(d), the fee is required to be paid-in-full prior to search, retrieval and production. Upon payment, the request will be processed without delay.