Requesting a Report
For Insurance Purposes
- If you require a report as part of an insurance claim, you may fill out the Occurrence Report Request.
- Police reports for insurance purposes are only released to the people directly involved in the incident, their insurance company or their lawyer.
- The types of reports released are:
- Motor vehicle collisions
- Property damage
- Break and enters
- A $43.00 fee applies (cash and debit only)
- The reports may be picked up only at Sarnia Police Headquarters during regular Records hours.
- Please call #1-519-344-8861, ext. 5265 before you come in.
Any incident type not listed above must be obtained through the Freedom of Information Office (see below).
For Access to Records under the Freedom of Information Act
The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act was implemented on January 1, 1991. Since the inception of the Act requests for access to information have increased over tenfold. The Sarnia Police employs a full-time Information Clerk and an Information and Privacy Co-ordinator to oversee the administration of the Act.
The Act provides individuals with a right of access to certain records and personal information under the custody and control of the Police. The purposes of the Act are twofold:
- To provide the right of access to information under the control of the Police in accordance with the principles that information should be available to the public, exemptions from this right of access should be limited and specific and decisions on disclosure should be reviewed independently; and
- To protect the privacy of individuals.
The Act also allows an individual to correct personal information or attach a statement of disagreement to a record held by the police. Should you wish to exercise this right, fill out the application form
The Directory of Records is available for your general knowledge and viewing.
How do I request a report through the Freedom of Information Act?
- If you have not already spoken to a police officer regarding your non-emergency occurrence, please call the Sarnia Police front desk at #1-519-344-8861 5263 to report your occurrence and initiate an investigation.
- If you need to view a pre-existing report or obtain a copy of a report, please print the Freedom of Information Request
- Fill out the form in its entirety
- ENSURE YOU READ THE DISCLOSURE BOX and complete appropriately
- Provide Sarnia Police with a brief description of the incident in question
- Sign at the bottom of the form and bring it to the Sarnia Police with one piece of photo government ID.
- A non-refundable $5.00 application fee will be charged when you attend the Sarnia Police.
- Once a request has been made, you will be notified within 30 days regarding disclosure.
If you have further questions, please contact our Freedom of Information clerk at #1-519-344-8861, ext. 5288.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Will my name as the requester be disclosed to the other individuals mentioned in the report?
- Your name will only be disclosed if you give consent for disclosure.
- I would like to access a number of different incidents. Do I have to make more than one request?
- I don’t know the report number, how do I ask for it?
- You should provide as much detail as possible to enable a search of our records. Please include your name, address, telephone number, date of birth, date of incident, location and type of incident and officer’s name and badge number (if known).
- I only want my information in a police report, is that possible?
- Yes, the application form asks if you want the police to contact affected individuals. If you indicate ‘no’ only your personal information will be processed for disclosure.
Record Department Hours:
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm.
Contact us at #1-519-344-8861, ext. 5265.