Requests for police reports can be made in person at the Westerly Police Department Headquarters Records Division window Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.
Forms with instructions are available for non-business hours in the lobby or you may download a “Request For Records Under The Access To Public Records Act” form.
Reports can be requested by sending a self addressed, stamped envelope, including a $5 check or money order to:
Westerly Police Dept. Records Div. 60 Airport Road Westerly, RI 02891
Accident reports can be purchased online at www.BuyCrash.com 48 hours after the accident occurred.
Reports will be released in compliance with Rhode Island General Law Chapter 38, section 2. Requests can take up to 10 days and can be extended under circumstances defined in R.I.G.L. 38-2-2(5)(D).
In accordance with R.I.G.L. 38-2-4, the Department may charge a fee of fifteen cents ($.15) per page for copies and / or fifteen dollars ($15) per hour, after the first hour, for search and / or retrieval of documents. For purposes of search and retrieval costs, multiple requests made within a thirty (30) day period to the Department shall be considered as one (1) request.
If you feel that you have been denied access to public records, you have the right to appeal to Westerly Police Chief. If you are still not satisfied, you may file a complaint with the Department of Attorney General, 150 South Main St. Providence RI 02903 or file suit in Superior Court.