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 make a request for records online.