The Records Bureau is charged with the responsibility of preparing and maintaining police department documents and records in a manner that ensures accuracy, completeness, and expedient recovery. We dedicate ourselves to this mission and promise to act with initiative to make Records the best it can be.
In meeting this challenge, the Records Bureau performs the following duties:
We duplicate and distribute police reports, teletype messages, and related court documents to the appropriate personnel. We accept and process private property impounds and repossessions, and release recovered stolen, impounded, and stored vehicles. Further, we research and respond to requests from insurance companies, probation officers, and other agencies; process special license applications and forward the information to the Department of Justice; and register narcotic, sex, and arson offenders. We also perform basic teletype duties involving entry into the CLETS/NCIC databases. The Records Unit also processes bookings of all arrestees and runs warrants checks for officers in the field. Further, we put together all paperwork needed for court packages, ensuring timely processing of arrestees. There is also a specialist position that confirms and processes warrants for the public.
Additionally, there is a word processing section which processes all police reports dictated by officers in the field. Having dictation available to officers allows faster report writing which, in turn, enables the officers to be available to handle other calls for service.
The Records Bureau assists the public with obtaining copies of police reports; applying for various types of licensing; release of vehicles; and registering criminal offenders. We also respond to questions and complaints from the public in accordance with department procedures and present facts related to laws and ordinances.
Fingerprinting - Service no longer provided
Radio Log - no charge
Audio Tape Reproduction - $60
DUI Accident Response/Investigation
In order to save processing time, it is suggested you print out an Application for Release of Records Information, fill it out and mail it to Records attention for handling. You will be contacted when the report is ready to pickup, or you can request to have the report mailed to you.
Reports may be released to:
Reports will not be released if:
Reports may be released to:
Reports are not released to witnesses.
Copies of arrest reports for pending Court actions can be obtained through the District Attorney's Office. Arrest reports that have been adjudicated are released with the approval of the Records Manager or Investigations.
No arrest reports will be released if:
Juvenile Court has the exclusive authority to determine whom, and the extent to which, juvenile record information may be released. Release of juvenile information requires the permission of the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court. Parents of a juvenile may receive a copy of certain types of reports only. All others will need to petition Juvenile Court directly for the release of that record. The Huntington Beach Police Department has the necessary form to do this.
Phone: (714) 536-5641
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 7 days a week
Closed all day Monday and Friday,
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday open 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Credit card payments can be made online, or we accept cash, credit cards (Visa, Master Card and Discover) and personal checks during normal business hours at the City Treasurer's office..
The exact amount due is appreciated when paying in cash. Please be advised that we cannot provide more than $20 in change per transaction. Click HERE to access the Payment Site.
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City of Huntington Beach
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
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Fax: (714) 536-5605
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