Public Records Request

Requests for police reports can be made in person at the  Westerly Police Department Headquarters Records Division window Monday through  Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Forms with instructions are available for non-business hours  in the lobby or you may download a “Request For Records Under The Access To  Public Records Act” form.

Reports can also be requested via phone (401) 596-2022 or by  sending a self addressed, stamped envelope, including a $5 check or money order  to:

Westerly Police Dept.  Records Div.
   60 Airport Road
   Westerly, RI 02891

Accident reports can be purchased online at www.BuyCrash.com 48 hours  after the accident occurred.  

Reports will be released in compliance with Rhode Island  General Law Chapter 38, section 2.   Requests can take up to 10 days and can be extended under circumstances  defined in R.I.G.L. 38-2-2(5)(D). 

In accordance with R.I.G.L. 38-2-4, the Department may  charge a fee of fifteen cents ($.15) per page for copies and / or fifteen dollars  ($15) per hour, after the first hour, for search and / or retrieval of  documents.  For purposes of search and  retrieval costs, multiple requests made within a thirty (30) day period to the  Department shall be considered as one (1) request.

If you feel that you have been denied access to public  records, you have the right to appeal to Westerly Police Chief.  If you are still not satisfied, you may file a complaint with the Department of Attorney General, 150 South Main St.   Providence RI 02903 or file suit in Superior Court.

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