When will my police report be available? Reports will require a minimum of 5 business days from the date of the incident for processing and review before they become available to the public.
Reportable Crash Reports (AA-500) may require a minimum of 14 business days for processing, data entry and review before becoming available to the public.
Why does it take so long to release a Reportable Crash (AA-500) Report? Reportable crashes must be reviewed by the Administrative Services Sergeant and entered into the Pennsylvania State Police Crash Reporting System before release to the public.
How do I obtain a copy of a Police Report? Accident Reports may be requested by mail or in person during lobby hours and entail $15.00 fee. Payment can be made by check, credit card or money order, which must accompany mailed requests. For all other requests you may also request by phone or email. Responses to report or information requests can be sent vial mail, email or left at the front lobby window for pick up by the requestor. Please provide as much information as possible, including the Incident Report From (IRF) number, the date, time location, and persons involved. To request a copy of the report, in person, complete the Report and Information Request Form and hand it to Police Support Staff.
Click Here For The CTPD Records Request Form
Incident Report Form (IRF): $.25 cents per page plus postage
Crime Victim: No Charge
Reports Sent via E-mail: No Charge (except Accident Reports)
Other mediums (photos, etc) Actual Cost (Administrative Services will contact you with an estimate)
CASH WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Make checks or money orders payable to CHELTENHAM TOWNSHIP. If you must pay in cash, please stop in the Township Administration Building in the Accounting Department for a receipt and bring it back to the front lobby window.
Who do I contact to request the report? To request a copy of the report, contact:
Cheltenham Township Police Department
Administrative Services Division
Attn: Report Requests
8230 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027
(215) 885-1600 [email protected]
Please Note: The Cheltenham Township Police Department complies with the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law (RTKL) and other applicable statutes regulating the release of information to the public. Information protected under Section 708 (b) of the RTKL (or other applicable statute) will be removed or obscured to protect that sensitive information. Please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Open Records website at www.openrecords.state.pa.us for additional information on the Right to Know Law.
The Open Records Officer for the Cheltenham Township Police Department is:
Commander, Administrative Services Division
(215) 885-1600 extension 456
CTPD Open Records Officer
Who do I contact if a records request is denied? Denials of access may be appealed in writing to:
Executive Director, Office of Open Records
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, 4th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17120
For denials of information regarding criminal records or investigative records, you must appeal in writing to:
Office of the District Attorney
C/O Open Records Appeals Officer
Court House 4th Floor
P.O. Box 311
Norristown, PA. 19404-0311
If you choose to file an appeal, you must do so in writing within 15 business days of the mailing date of this Department’s response. (RTKL Section 1101) If you have any further questions, please contact the Administrative Services Division at (215) 885-1600 extension 433 or [email protected]