Open Record Requests
Requests for Police Records are governed under Missouri’s Sunshine Law which Section 610.011 states, "It is the public policy of this state that meetings, records, votes, actions, and deliberations of public governmental bodies be open to the public unless otherwise provided by law. Sections 610.010 to 610.200 shall be liberally construed and their exceptions strictly construed to promote this public policy." While the law specifies when meetings and records can be closed, these exceptions are strictly interpreted to promote openness.
Records for law enforcement agencies such as the Metropolitan Police Department are subject to separate provisions of the Sunshine Law. The law now provides, however, that law enforcement records are subject to the same presumption of openness that applies to other public records.
Submitting a Sunshine Law Request
Persons involved in an incident (victim, suspect, property owner, witness, family member if an involved person is deceased or incompetent) as well as attorneys and insurers should click here for information on obtaining records. Members of the media, or the general public who do not meet the criteria above should submit a request on Missouri’s Sunshine Law by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
Metropolitan Police Department
Attn: Public Information, Room 611
1200 Clark Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63103
When submitting a request, please include your name, phone number, street address and fax number if available. Sunshine requests will then be forwarded to the Department's Legal Division. The individual submitting the request will then be notified that the request has been received and is being acted upon as any responsive documents are being located. There may be a fee associated with the request as outlined in the sections 610.010, 610.023, 610.024 and 610.026 of the law, "The governmental body may charge up to 10 cents per page for standard copies and the actual cost of the copy for larger or specialized documents (such as maps, photos and graphics). The body also may charge a reasonable fee for the time necessary to search for and copy public records. Research time may be charged at the actual cost incurred to locate the requested records."
The Public Information Division is responsible for all internal and external communications of the Metropolitan Police Department. The primary function of the Public Information Division is to disseminate accurate information about the Department to the citizens of the community, through print and broadcast media outlets. This division is also responsible for the production of the departmental newsletter, Annual Report to the Community and the planning and implementation of the Department’s special events.