OPEN RECORDS REQUESTS
Open Records Request Online Form
Use this link to request copies of incident reports, offense reports, or other documents in the possession of the DeSoto Police Department. There is a fee authorized by state statute that will be charged that must be paid prior to release of requested records. After your request is submitted, you will be contacted via email with any fees due to process your request. (See, §70.3, TEX. ADMIN. CODE (2021)).
Body Worn Camera Record Requests
Use this link to request copies of videos from body worn cameras from the DeSoto Police Department. The Texas Attorney General’s Office has set the fee for these requests as
(1) $10.00 per recording responsive to the request for information; AND
(2) $1.00 per full minute of body worn camera video or audio footage responsive to the request for information, if identical information has not already been obtained by a member of the public in response to a request for information. (See, §70.13, TEX. ADMIN. CODE (2021)).
After your request is submitted, you will be contacted via email with the fee due to process your request. This fee must be paid prior to the release of the information.
The DeSoto Records Division is responsible for maintaining all records generated by the Police Department. Coordinator, Tiffanie Clark, and two full time technicians staff the Records Division. The staff answers all record requests from the public, other law enforcement agencies, Dallas County District Attorney, DeSoto Municipal Court, Child Protective Services and the U.S. Military. Open Records Request are the most time consuming of all tasks and increased by 2,500 from the previous year. The staff submits NCIC/TCIC validation reports to the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) which helps analyze the FBI Crime Statistics for DeSoto.