You can look up public police records in Dallas, Texas, using online search engines provided by Texas Open Public Records, the state Department of Public Safety, Dallas County and the Dallas Police Department. You can also go in person to the Dallas Police Department.
Public Police Records in Dallas
Police records include police accident reports, arrest reports and incident reports. Not all of these are public. Although court documents are presumed public, police records are not part of court records. According to the Dallas Police Department, the department tries to make as much information available to the public as possible without violating state and federal laws prohibiting the release of sensitive and confidential information.
Generally, the Dallas Police Department filters report information that is released to the public to take privacy concerns into account. It excludes the following categories of information:
- sexually oriented offenses
- offenses involving juveniles or children
- listing property items that are considered evidence
- Social Service Referral offenses
- identifying vehicle information in certain offenses
For more information about the type of police records the department considers private, call 214-671-3148.
Since the Dallas Police Department releases police reports as rapidly as possible, they often contain preliminary information. Therefore, they can contain errors, erroneous information or amended information.
Looking Up Dallas Police Reports
To look up police reports from Dallas, first try an online search of the department's report records. There are several available. The Dallas City Hall website provides search engines for offense incidents and arrests. You'll need to provide basic information like an incident report, if you have one, along with names, locations and time frame.
The Dallas Open Data website also contains a variety of police report online searches. Search the general Dallas Police Open Data file or search Dallas incident reports for a few specific neighborhoods.
Read More: How to Look Up Police Reports by Case Number
Ordering Automobile Crash Reports
Note that you cannot access or order automobile crash reports online. You have to request these in person at the customer service desk, which is open Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, visit the Dallas Police Department website and look for the Traffic Report tab.
Dallas Police Department Arrest Records
Dallas Police Department arrest records are available from the Dallas City Hall website. The search engine asks for an incident number. If a criminal matter goes to trial, you can find the court records – for both felony and misdemeanor cases – at the County of Dallas website. Search by using the person's name or other identifying information.
Texas Public Records
You can also search all Texas public records at the Open Public Record website. The Texas Public Information Act, formerly the Open Records Act, permits public access to government records without having to provide any explanation of who you are or why you want the records. All government information is presumed to be available to the public with some exceptions outlined in the law. The records here are state records, not city records, and Dallas police reports are not included.
- If you wish to obtain a hard copy of a police record, click on the "Open Records Request Form" link and download the form. Fill out the form and hand-deliver or mail it to the Dallas Police Records Section (dallaspolice.net; 1400 S. Lamar St., Dallas; 214-671-3343). You can also purchase a copy of an accident report by writing to or visiting the Dallas Police Records Section. If you wish to obtain a copy of an accident report you must have a payment of $6 along with the report number, a name of an individual involved in the accident, the location of the accident and the date and time of the accident.
Teo Spengler earned a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall. As an Assistant Attorney General in Juneau, she practiced before the Alaska Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court before opening a plaintiff's personal injury practice in San Francisco. She holds both an M.A. and an M.F.A in creative writing and enjoys writing legal blogs and articles. Her work has appeared in numerous online publications including USA Today, Legal Zoom, eHow Business, Livestrong, SF Gate, Go Banking Rates, Arizona Central, Houston Chronicle, Navy Federal Credit Union, Pearson, Quicken.com, TurboTax.com, and numerous attorney websites. Spengler splits her time between the French Basque Country and Northern California.