Public Information Requests
The City of Merkel, Merkel Police Department is required under certain provisions in the Texas Public Information Act to provide records in response to a request.
MAKING A REQUEST
The request must ask for records or information already in existence. The Public Information Act does not require a governmental body to create new information, to do legal research, or to answer questions.
Information to be included in your request:
Where you would like your response sent
The specific name of the business or individual you are seeking information about. If you do not have specific information then explain the facts surrounding your request that will help us to narrow the scope of the search.
Date of the incident or document in question for which you seek information
Date of Request
Requestor's Telephone Number
Requestor's Email Address
RESPONSE TO REQUEST
The department has up to ten (10) business days in which to respond to your request, pursuant to the Public Information Act, but will make every effort to process your request as soon as possible following receipt of your request.
For more information on the Texas Public Information Act you can visit the Office of the Attorney General website and view their published handbook by clicking HERE*.
Many times records that are maintained by a law enforcement agency are not public record or require review by the Texas Attorney General's Office prior to the records being released. In all cases the agency is required to provide a response to the request within (10) ten days.
The Merkel Police Department receives records requests from a number of different entities for various reasons. Prior to making a formal request, please read the criteria outlined below to ensure that the records that you are requesting are available for public release.
If you are an Official Government Agency requesting records, please contact us directly or click HERE to submit a request online.
REQUESTING CERTAIN RECORDS FROM THE MERKEL POLICE DEPARTMENT
For all other Public Information Requests, please contact the City of Merkel's, Office of the City Secretary, 100 Kent Street, Merkel, Texas, 79536, (325) 928-4911, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Police Open Records Requests (P.O.R.R. FAQs)
Who is the custodian of police records for the City of Merkel?
The Chief of Police oversees requests for public information and Open Records Requests for the Merkel Police Department ONLY. This does not include Human Resources or Personnel Records for City Employees. For requests that do not involve police related records, please contact the City of Merkel Public Information Officer at (325) 928-4911 or check HERE for more information.
How do I know if I can get a copy of a Police Record before I make a request?
There are a number of variables that relate to the release of Police Records. The Merkel Police Department cannot determine PRIOR to recieving a request whether or not that request will be fulfilled. To be put simply, if the record is not protected by a known law protecting the record, the only options for the department is to send it to the Attorney Generals Office for an "AG" Opinion or Release the Record. Either way we will respond to your request within (10) ten business days advising of the outcome of the request.
Can I get a copy of my Accident Report?
Yes! For more information and to request your Crash Report ONLINE click HERE!
My boy/girl friend was arrested over the weekend, can I see the Police Report?
No. There are some elements of the arrest that are immediately public record. However the investigative report that is produced by this agency is not an open record until the case is diposed by the courts. (Ref. TEX GOV CODE Sec. 552.108)