Central Records Bureau

About the Central Records Bureau

The Central Records Bureau is responsible for maintaining all reports created by the police department. All property and evidence that comes into possession of the department is stored pending the outcome of criminal investigations or until the rightful owner is located. Additionally, they are responsible for providing discovery in a timely fashion as well as processing all firearms applications. 

The Township of West Orange is governed by the provisions of the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and will disseminate reports and other relevant statistics in accordance with these guidelines.

The Central Records Bureau provides the following services:

  1. Copies of incident and accident reports 
  2. Letters of Good Conduct
  3. Discovery for pending Court actions (including the reproductions of photos when necessary)
  4. Surveys of Crime Statistics (Uniform Crime Report)
  5. Firearms Identification Cards, Permits to Purchase a Handgun and Handgun Carry Permits
  6. Issuance of Municipal Lot Parking Permits

Motor Vehicle Crash Reports 

If you need a copy of a crash report you may obtain a copy from the Records Bureau. Reports are usually completed five days after the date of the crash. Please call the Records Bureau 973-325-4040 before you respond to headquarters to confirm that your report is complete. There is a charge for the crash report.

 You may also access your crash report via https://secure.crashdocs.org

Please note, there is also a charge for this service. While accessing the website simply enter your last name, date of the crash, and the incident report number.

 Police reports

Police reports are obtained through the Records Division of the Police Department. Due to privacy rights, the Records Division does not release information regarding police reports over the telephone. A copy of a report may be obtained in person, through email policerecords@wopd.org or written request through regular mail.  Please contact the Records Division at 973-325 4040 to confirm the availability of a report before responding to the West Orange Police Department. The Records Division hours of operations are Monday through Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.

 Recommended Links:

Township of West Orange Open Public Records Request Form 
A citizen’s Guide to the Open Public Records Act
OPRA Exemptions


2-66.1 Fees for Public Records. The following fees are hereby fixed and established for the following services extended and materials distributed by the Township. The Township shall permit inspection, examination, and copying of government records during regular business hours.

A. For the issuance of photocopies of ordinances, minutes, resolutions, and other government records embodied in the form of printed matter, except those listed below, the fees shall be:

First page to tenth page $.75 per page
Eleventh page to twentieth page $.50 per page
All pages over 20 $.25 per page
Except for a police accident report, there is an additional fee when the request is not made in person of $5.00 for the first three (3) pages and $1.00 for each additional page as provided by NJSA 39:4-131.
 Further, if the copies are delivered or mailed, there shall be an additional charge assessed depending on the postage or delivery method used.

B. Fingerprint Cards Ten ($10.00) dollars per card.

C. Criminal History Search Ten ($10.00) dollars per search

D. Copies of Photographs One ($1.00) dollars per photograph

E. Mental Health Form Ten ($10.00) dollars.

F. Permit to Purchase a Handgun Two ($2.00) dollars.

G. Firearms I.D. Card Five ($5.00) dollars.

H. Copies of Audio and Video Recordings, 911 Calls, Telephone Calls, Radio Transmissions:

Five ($5.00) dollars is the cost of any audio cassette and/or video tapes. Copies requested by a criminal justice agency will be provided free of charge.