ccpd policy on access to records

DISCLAIMER: The following FAQs and summaries were produced by the Policing Project, a non-profit organization. Although based on official policies of the Camden County Police Department, they do NOT represent official CCPD policy, practice, custom, or procedure. These FAQs and summaries should not be treated as complete or comprehensive. To read the official CCPD policy in full, view them here or click the blue button on each summary page.

How can members of the public request police records?

Under New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act, the public can request access to state government records, including police records. Requests can be submitted through the Camden County government website at http://www.camdencounty.com/open-public-records-opra/.

What happens after I submit a records request?

CCPD’s records custodian will review requests to inspect, examine, or copy records. For non-routine requests, such as those requiring extensive research or a large amount of copying, the records custodian will provide the requestor with an estimated time for completion, a estimated cost for completion, and (3) a list of any requested items that may be exempt from public disclosure. When releasing records, sensitive information that is exempt from public disclosure will be redacted. If the records custodian cannot comply with the request, he or she will provide the reason to the requestor.

What if my request is for audio or video records?

If the requested media records contain sensitive information requiring redaction, the audio or video recording will be transcribed at cost to the requestor.

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

The Government Records Council provides guidance for the Open Public Records Act. Inquiries can be made by phone, email, fax or mail:

  • Toll-free phone number: (866) 850-0511

  • Email: grc@dca.state.nj.us

  • Fax: (609) 633-6337

  • Mail: NJ Government Records Council, 101 S. Broad Street, P.O. Box 0819, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0819