Obtain Police / Accident Reports
Police reports can be obtained by submitting a request by email at [email protected] or in person at the Open Records Office Counter located at 2333 N. 49th Street (2nd Floor) Milwaukee, WI 53210. The Open Records Office is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The requestor is required to pay a fee to obtain copies of reports. Fees are $ 0.25 per page or CD and $ 0.50 per color photo. Open Records only acccepts cash or check.
The Milwaukee Police Department Open Records Counter’s purpose is to fulfill simple open records requests that are reasonably specific and narrowed in scope as quickly as possible.
To ensure that as many people as possible can receive their records each day, requests for large amounts of records will be processed with the general backlog of records requests, not at the counter. Requests for records requiring time-intensive review (such as violent crimes, video and audio files, etc.) cannot be fulfilled at the counter.
If a request cannot be fulfilled at the counter, the requestor will be asked to fill out a request form and the request will be processed in the order in which it is received.
Examples of records considered “simple” requests:
- Accident Reports
- Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) logs and printouts
- Non-Violent incident reports
- Non-Sensitive incident reports
- MPD Standard Operating Procedures
Examples of records that cannot be fulfilled at the counter:
- Most Violent or Sensitive incident reports
- Video records
- Audio records
- MPD Personnel Records
- Internal Affairs Division Records
Please note that public records requests are reviewed on a case by case basis.
Any request may require further review before it is fulfilled, especially when requested records are extensive or include legally protected information (such as juvenile information).
Traffic Accident and Crash Reports
For copies of Wisconsin MV4000 accident reports See Wisconsin Crash Reports.
"Reportable" traffic accident reports, completed by Milwaukee Police Department (MPD), will be available from MPD Open Records Section generally within 14 days of the incident. To obtain a report:
Search online or call to verify that your report was completed by MPD and is available. Please have the case number, name or date of accident for verification.
Step 2: Request report
- By phone: (414) 935-7502
- In-person: Open Records Office
Tuesdays and Thursdays - 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
2333 N. 49th Street (2nd Floor)
Milwaukee, WI 53210
Non-reportable accident forms - City of Milwaukee
Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) may retain some documents pertaining to accidents in which law enforcement investigation was necessary (e.g. fatal accidents, supplements to accident reports, OWI reports).
A non-reportable accident is any accident that does not:
- result in injury or death to any person,
- damage government-owned non-vehicle property to an apparent extent of $200 or more,
- result in total damage to property owned by any one person to an apparent extent of $1000 or more.
Request your non-reportable accident form by:
Open Records Section
Milwaukee Police Department
PO Box 531
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Crash Reports (MV4000)
All accident reports, completed by MPD officers can be requested by contacting LexisNexis or the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) by using the below methods:
- Wisconsin Department of Transportation