1) What is needed to request a copy of an Accident or Police Report?
A) All requests for information regarding a Police and/or Accident Report must be submitted in writing. No information will be given over the telephone.
B) All requests must be submitted with a government issued photo ID, and when applicable, proof of relationship to the company/organization involved (ie business card).
C) New York State Law allows agencies five (5) business days to respond to requests. This response will either grant access to the information, deny access or acknowledge receipt of the request and advise that more time is needed to compile the records.
D) Any fees charged for a record search must be paid by either Check or Money Order only Payable to the Town of Lancaster Police Department prior to information being released.
E) Defendants and/or their attorneys will receive all Accusatories and Police Reports in Court on their arraignment date. No information is given out before then. Any questions regarding appearance dates or arraignments should be directed to the appropriate court: Town Court at (716) 683-1814 or Village Court at (716) 683-6780.
2) How can I obtain a copy of an Accident Report or Police Report?
A) Accident reports may be requested online here (Downloadable Form), at www.crashdocs.org/ny-lancasterpd (report number is required) or in person at the Police Station.
B) Police reports may be requested online here (Downloadable Form) or in person at the Police Station.
Be sure to sign the form and provide ID. The form may be submitted by fax to: (716) 681-2352, emailed to: Records@police.lancasterny.gov or mailed to:
Lancaster Police Department
525 Pavement Road
Lancaster, NY 14086
3) What is needed to obtain a personal background check on myself?
A) You must be a current Lancaster, NY resident to request a background check.
B) There is a $15 fee payable by check or money order only made out to the Lancaster Police Department.
C) This search is only of our database and does not include any other local police departments or any County, State or Federal agency.
D) You must come to the station in person to make application and submit a driver’s license or government issued photo ID and provide payment.
LANCASTER POLICE DEPARTMENT MAKES ACCIDENT REPORTS AVAILABLE ONLINE – Effective January 2013, the Lancaster Police Department is digitizing its accident reports through a partnership with the Carfax Police Crash Assistance Program. The reports are stored electronically in a secure database and are available for purchase online at www.crashdocs.org/ny-lancasterpd. These reports can now be easily obtained online within minutes, without ever leaving your home.