Request a Police Incident Report Copy
The SFPD Crime Information Services Unit (CISU) is responsible for processing incident report requests from the public, law enforcement agencies and other authorized organizations. The unit also processes local criminal background checks for agencies entitled to that information under the law. For all other requests that are not incident reports or local background checks, please contact the appropriate department within SFPD.
Request a Police Incident Report Copy Online
Request and receive all types of San Francisco Police Incident Reports through an online portal. Report types include traffic collisions, domestic violence, and all other incidents of general crime. Using the portal is the most secure and convenient way to request and receive incident reports from the San Francisco Police Department. An account can be created within the Incident Report Request Portal to track the request(s) and receive reports and correspondences securely online.
Traffic Collision Reports: Before attempting to obtain a copy of a collision report, please allow a minimum of five (5) days from the date of the collision to allow the report to be reviewed and approved for release.
FAQ: Why is it taking so long to receive a copy of my report/record?
As the result of the COVID-19 pandemic and an understaffed Unit, increased workload, and financial restrictions; CISU is currently experiencing a backlog of requests for public records. We appreciate your patience during this time. Please DO NOT make a duplicate request for a copy of your report/record. This could potentially further delay your request, it is advised you follow the steps below.
FAQ: How do I send an email asking for a follow-up on the report/record I'm still waiting for?
While on the Incident Report Request Portal, please click on View My Requests and sign in to your account. Once you have signed in, you should see a form that you are allowed to type in. In the box provided, you may type “I would like an update on the status of my initial report requested”. Please be patient while waiting for an email response back from CISU.
If you have already submitted a request for this report, please do not submit a duplicate entry or request on GOV QA, or via email or mail. You can always use the email link to send an email asking for a follow-up inquiry through GOV QA.
Police Incident Report Copy Request Forms
If you elect NOT to use the portal, requests may still be submitted using U.S. Mail and email using the Incident Report Request Form(s). However, those requests will be manually entered and tracked in the Incident Report Request Portal by a member of CISU. You do NOT need to complete the Incident Report Request form if you submit your request via the portal.
Our request forms are available in several languages. Select your language, download and fill out the request form in your preferred language. The completed form may be either mailed or emailed to SFPD for processing. Instructions are included on all forms.
Request Forms for General Crime and Traffic Collisions:
All types of police report requests including traffic collisions.
Request Forms for CA Family Code § 6228:
Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking, Human Trafficking, or Abuse of an Elder or Dependent Adult
California Family Code § 6228 provides that victims of the alleged crimes, listed above, may receive a copy of their incident report within five days of their request, free of charge. Due to the sensitive information included in the reports, SFPD protocol requires in-person identification verification. Victims or their designated representatives must either submit their request in-person or pick-up their incident report in person at CISU Records Management. For a list of acceptable forms of identification, please refer to Section 2 of the Request for Police Report: Family Code § 6228 form.
If you are unable to print the form, you may obtain one at your nearest police station. Please use the SFPD Station Finder to locate your nearest police station. Please note reports are not available from police stations.
How to get a Restraining Order:
The CISU-Records Management Window is located at the Police Headquarters Building in the 1st floor lobby. Please note that this building utilizes security screening protocols.
San Francisco Police Department
Crime Information Services Unit / Records Management
1245 3rd Street, 1st Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
All phone, email and in person requests are only processed during business hours 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
The following email addresses are available for contacting CISU:
- Submit a Police Incident Report request: email@example.com
- General Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Background Name Check requests: email@example.com
- Law Enforcement and other authorized agency requests: firstname.lastname@example.org
CISU-Records Customer Service may be reached at 1-415-575-7232
Contact Information For Other Request Types Handled By Other Units/Departments
Public Records Act (PRA) Requests (for evidence, body cam video, photos, statements and other requests)
Statistical Crime Data Request
SFPD Crime Analysis Unit, email@example.com