In accordance with SDCL 1-27-1, the Vermillion Police Department strives to maintain public access to records as defined in SDCL 1-27-1.1, notwithstanding SDCL 1-27-1.5(5) which defines records not open to inspection and copying as:
"Records developed or received by law enforcement agencies and other public bodies charged with duties of investigation or examination of persons, institutions, or businesses, if the records constitute a part of the examination, investigation, intelligence information, citizen complaints or inquiries, informant identification, or strategic or tactical information used in law enforcement training. However, this subdivision does not apply to records so developed or received relating to the presence of and amount or concentration of alcohol or drugs in any body fluid of any person, and this subdivision does not apply to a 911 recording or a transcript of a 911 recording, if the agency or a court determines that the public interest in disclosure outweighs the interest in nondisclosure. This law in no way abrogates or changes §§ 23-5-7 and 23-5-11 or testimonial privileges applying to the use of information from confidential informants;"
Requests for public records shall be made by completing and submitting the "Vermillion Police Department Request for Public Records" form. Upon receipt of a completed form, the Chief of Police or his designee will review the request and determine which, if any, records can be released. At that time, the requestor will be notified of the disposition of his/her request, as well as any fees associated with preparation of the record. By resolution, current fees related to release of information are established as:
- $2.00 per page for incident report
- $5.00 per page for traffic accident report
- $2.00 per page for any printed color photos
- $10.00 per CD/DVD
In cases where a request requires substantial research and/or preparation time, or when postage charges apply, additional charges may be incurred.
(please print, fill out and mail in)