FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) Request

Freedom of Information Acts FAQ

FOIA request is a request submitted under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act.

All FOIA requests must be in writing and describe a public record sufficiently to enable the public body to find the public record.  (MCL15.231 et seq.)  

You may download a copy of the City of Detroit FOIA or City of Detroit Police FOIA form to submit a FOIA request

You may submit your written FOIA request to:

        City of Detroit FOIA Coordinator
        Coleman A. Young Municipal Building
        2 Woodward Avenue, Suite 500
        Detroit, Michigan 48226    

        Fax No.:        313-224-5505
        Email Address:    [email protected]

 

The following ARE routine and simple police FOIA requests:

  • Certain or specific police report with the DPD report number; and/or
  • Non-critical or non-fatal motor vehicle accident reports;
  • 911 Audio Recordings
  • 911 CAD Reports
  • Police Dash-Cam Videos
  • Simple Arrest Reports
  • Mug Shots
  • Police Incident Reports concerning: domestic dispute matters, simple assault and battery, theft
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Reports.

 

The following ARE non-routine Police FOIA requests:

  • Records pertaining to fatal accident;
  • Video or audio recordings (other than 911 audio recordings and Police Dash-Cam Videos)
  • Records involving critical injury;
  • Records pertaining to homicide;
  • Records pertaining to matters involving shooting;
  • Records involving any type of death; or
  • Records pertaining to vice or narcotics.

Within five (5) business days of the receipt of the FOIA request by the City’s FOIA Coordinator, the City (through the City’s FOIA Coordinator, the assigned attorney or the legal assistant), shall provide a written response to the person who submitted the FOIA request by:

  1. Extending the City’s time to respond to the request.
  2. Requesting a deposit payment.
  3. Granting the request.
  4. Granting in part and denying in part the request.
  5. Denying the request.

 

The City may seek an extension and respond to the request by: requesting a deposit payment;  by granting the request with or without fees and/or costs; by granting in part and denying in part the request with or without fees and/or costs; or by denying the request. 

The City may charge the fess and labor costs where appropriate under the Act and in the manner required by the Act.

All payment must be submitted in check or money order made payable to the “City of Detroit” in the specific amount requested in the response by the City, within the time frame requested by the City.

Police Freedom of Information Act FAQ

FOIA is a Freedom of Information Acts Request.

All FOIA requests must be in writing and describe a public record sufficiently to enable the public body to find the public record.  (MCL15.231 et seq.) 

You may download a copy of the City of Detroit FOIA or City of Detroit Police FOIA form to submit a FOIA request.

City of Detroit FOIA
City of Detroit Police FOIA

 

Due to the volume of FOIA requests for police records, if you are seeking routine police records, please submit your written request to:

        City of Detroit Police Department Law Unit
        Coleman A. Young Municipal Building
        2 Woodward Avenue, Suite 500
        Detroit, Michigan 48226    

        Fax No.:        313-224-5505
        Email Address:     [email protected]

The following information is required to search for routine police records:

  • nature of the incident;
  • date of incident;
  • time of incident (if known);
  • address;
  • names of individuals involved in the matter

Without this information, your request may be denied as the Police Department requires such information in order to conduct a search for the record.

Routine Police Records include:

  • 911 Audio Recordings
  • 911 CAD Reports
  • Police Dash-Cam Videos
  • Simple Arrest Reports
  • Mug Shots
  • Police Incident Reports concerning:
    • Domestic dispute matters
    • Simple assault and battery
    • Theft
    • Motor Vehicle Accident Reports.
  • Police records concerning the following matters are not routine:
    • Fatal accidents
    • Critical injury
    • Homicide
    • Narcotics
    • Gang related activities and incidents
    • Criminal sexual conduct
    Therefore, requests for these documents should be submitted to the FOIA Coordinator at the Law Department.