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Open Government and FOIA - MPDC

Submit a FOIA Request

Visit the District of Columbia Government's Freedom of Information Act public access website to submit or check the status of a FOIA request or appeal.

Open Government Material

The District is committed to a transparent, open form of government. District agency websites are required to make certain records available online to the public, if those records exist. In cases where these records exist but are not yet available online, agencies are working to provide them as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact the FOIA Officer.

The Metropolitan Police Department, and all District of Columbia Government agencies, are governed by District of Columbia Official Code § 2-531 et seq. Requesting parties are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the content of the law. 

Under District of Columbia Official Code § 2-536, certain information is made available to the public via the internet, including the list and salaries of current employees (PDF) and the policies and procedures that govern the agency’s operations. The MPD has gathered many of its commonly-requested documents in one place -- the MPD Public Documents Reading Room. To view these documents click on the link below.

Furthermore, requesting parties are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the exemptions provided for in District of Columbia Official Code § 2-534. Specifically, FOIA requests for personal information about members, to include disciplinary records, and information about ongoing investigations, are exempt from public disclosure. Requesting parties that are unsure if their request falls into one of the exempt categories are encouraged to call the FOIA Officer for clarification prior to formally submitting their request.

FOIA Information

FOIA Officer
The FOIA Officer is the principal contact point within the Metropolitan Police Department for advice and policy guidance on matters pertaining to the administration of the FOIA. All requests are handled professionally and expeditiously.The Metropolitan Police Department’s FOIA Officer’s information is listed below.

Teresa Quon
Metropolitan Police Department
300 Indiana Avenue, NW
Room 4153
Washington, DC 20001
foia.admin@dc.gov
Phone: (202) 727-3721
 

Submitting a FOIA Request

FOIA requests may be oral or in writing. If the request is written, the envelope shall prominently be marked "FOIA Request." The FOIA Officer may request that an oral request be reduced to writing, if the requested records are not customarily made available by the public body.

Note that there are several public documents and information available from the Metropolitan Police Department that do not require the submission of a formal Freedom of Information Act request. See the section "Items Not Requiring a FOIA Request", below, for details.

Requesting parties are encouraged to submit requests through electronic mail to the FOIA Officer via email. Additionally, requests can be made orally or in written form through the US Mail to the address below. If the request is written, the envelope shall be marked “FOIA Request.” The FOIA Officer may request that an oral request be reduced to writing if the requested records are not customarily made available by the public body.

Contact Information

Please be sure to include at least one method of communication so that the FOIA Processing Unit may contact you in order to properly handle your request (email, phone number, fax, business or home address).

What You Can Expect

Once you have submitted your request via one of the methods above, you will receive a letter acknowledging your request and the assigned FOIA number which will be used to track your request. Use this number as reference in any correspondence you have during the process.

The DC FOIA statute provides that public bodies are required to respond to a FOIA request within 15 working days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal public holidays). The response period begins on the date the request is actually received by the FOIA Officer of the public body that maintains the records you are requesting. Public bodies may extend the time for a response by an additional 10 working days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal public holidays) for unusual circumstances, as defined by DC Official Code § 2-532(d).

Once your request has been processed, you will receive a letter indicating the availability of the documents (if any exist), the total cost, and information on how to file an appeal, along with instructions on how to pick up or have mailed to you your requested documents.

Get More Information

For additional information on how to file a FOIA request, including applicable exemptions, fees and their waiver, the appeals process, and more, please visit the DC Government FOIA Information Page or contact the FOIA Officer.

Items Not Requiring a FOIA Request 

Common request How to obtain it
Police Reports and Accident Reports
The MPD provides basic crime report information through CRIMEMAP.DC.GOV.
 
However, Individuals interested in obtaining copies of police reports (PD-251) or accident reports (PD-10) may make the request directly in person or by US Mail to:
 
Metropolitan Police Department
Records Branch
Public Documents Section
300 Indiana Avenue, NW
Room 3075
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 727-4357
Fax: (202) 727-4464
 
Get more information on how to obtain reports from Public Documents here.
 
Criminal Record Checks (Police Clearances)
Requests for criminal record checks (police clearances) should be made to the Criminal History Section in person or by US Mail to the address below. Requests must be made via a Criminal History Request (PD-70), accompanied by a notarized letter from the person to which the inquiry pertains.
 
Metropolitan Police Department
Records Branch
Criminal History Section
300 Indiana Avenue, NW
Room 3055
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 727-4245
Fax: (202) 727-4464
 
 
Get the details on requesting police clearances from the Criminal History Section.
Crime Data and Statistics
Online Tools
Individuals interested in getting crime statistics for a geographic area are encouraged to visit the following site before submitting a FOIA request -- using this online resource may save some time:
  • CRIMEMAP.DC.GOV
    The advanced features on MPD’s crime mapping application can provide a substantial amount of information on incidents that have been reported in the District of Columbia, including: Advisory Neighborhood Commissions; Block (block address provided, but specific addresses are not available); Criminal Complaint Number; District; Method; Offense; PSA; Report Date; and Shift.
If you are unable to find what you seek online, requests for statistics on calls for service to a block, crime maps, trends, and other routine data requests may be made to:
 
Metropolitan Police Department
Office of Research and Analytical Services
Room 5010
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 727-4174
 
Get additional information on filing a data request with the Office of Research and Analytical Services.
 
MPD Policies and Procedures
In order to comply with DC Official Code § 2-536 (2001), the MPD has posted online the written directives that include Statements of Policy and Interpretations of Policy approved for release. 
Employee Information
Under District of Columbia Official Code § 2-536, certain information is made available to the public via the internet, including the list and salaries of current employees.