Records and Evidentiary Services
The Division is commanded by a Division Manager and is responsible for:.
- Responding to public records requests under the provisions of the Florida Public Records Act (FSS 119.07), which essentially states that everything generated by a governmental entity is a public record unless specifically exempted by law. Most requests involve obtaining copies of Accident and Offense Reports. Please remember that Accident Reports can generally not be provided to anyone other than the persons involved, their insurance companies or their Attorneys until 60 days after the accident.
Most accident reports are not available for 10-14 days after they are turned in due to the many quality control and data entry requirements involved in their processing. Crash reports may be retrieved on-line in compliance with F.S.S. 316.066 by going to http://www.stpete.org/crashreports/.
Any Offense Reports involving criminal activity with suspect information may be subject to being excised, depending on whether or not the case has been closed and/or until such time as the status of any other judicial actions have been ascertained. Other reports and documents, by their sensitive natures, may not be public records and can not be released per a variety of Florida State Statutes. Our Clerks will provide individual report release related guidance as requested or needed in person or by calling 893-7538 or visiting us in the Main Lobby of the Headquarters at 1300 First Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33705.
- Over-the-counter copies of reports are available (see fee schedule below) Monday thru Friday from 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM (excluding Holidays). We receive and respond to over 10,000 mail in requests each year. An expedited return of your mail in request can be facilitated by enclosing a self-addressed, stamped envelope and $1.00 per report. Contact 893-7537 for assistance. We also make fingerprint cards for licensing and other purposes (with the card provided by the customer), provide local (Pinellas County) criminal history background letters and process all of the annually renewable Taxi Driver Solicitors and Fortune Tellers permits. Contact 893-7538 for information. We also make all City Employee ID cards with proper verification from Department Directors by contacting the Division Manager.
- Processing and storing over 22,000 new items and disposing of over 17,000 items each year. The Property & Evidence Section is open from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM on Mondays and 8:00AM until 4:00 PM Tuesdays thru Fridays for customer support. They may be contacted by calling 893-7560. Picture ID and/or appropriate legal documentation (court orders, notarized agent authority, etc.) is required to receive items that have been cleared for release by the investigating officers. Surplus items are auctioned by Property Room at www.propertyroom.com
- The Bicycle Compound is open from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Wednesday - Friday for registering and obtaining bicycle licenses. The Unit processes about 1,500 bicycles per year. We no longer auction the surplus bicycles on site and have, instead, opted to dispose of them in accordance with State Statute requirements. We give them to other governmental and social service entities or donate them to non-profit, charitable organizations to support their clients. The Bicycle Compound is located at 1300 First Avenue North, just across from the main Department. Questions can be addressed by calling 893-7143.
- Operating the Department’s Latent Fingerprint Examination Unit. They are responsible for comparing tens of thousands of latent prints "lifted" from crime scenes with known prints for evidentiary purposes. They utilize state-of-the art Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) technology to assist them in comparing the lifted prints with known prints. They are generally not directly involved with the public.
- Operating the Court Liaison Unit which interfaces with the State’s Criminal Judicial System. They annually receive and process over 10,000 subpoenas for depositions, hearings and trials for Departmental employees. They also annually schedule over 5,000 State Attorney’s investigations held at the Department with the officers and victims of felony crimes. They may be contacted at 893-7558.
- Operating one of the two FCIC/NCIC terminals in the Department. This Unit is responsible for conducting official criminal history inquiries for Law Enforcement Purposes, entering/deleting stolen items in FCIC/NCIC system and conducting vehicle inquiries for towing companies within the City. Citizen-initiated inquiries for criminal history checks should be addressed to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Further information about these services can be obtained by going to http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/
Copies of 911 calls and other recorded lines: $6.00. Extensive requests will be charged additional labor fees at a current rate of $21.00 per hour. Contact 893-7537 for specific questions
- Fingerprint Cards: Cost is $10.00 per card (which must be furnished by the user) and photo ID is required.
Local criminal history background letters: Cost is $5.00 per letter. Telephone inquiries and responses are free. Contact number is 893-7538.
- Reports: $.15 per single sided page and $.20 per double sided page.
- Research or Public Records Request: The first 30 minutes are free, then the cost is based upon the employee’s pay rate. The current rates are approximately $19.00 per hour. Contact 893-7537 for assistance.
- Solicitor and Fortune Teller Permits: $44.00. Contact 893-7538 for assistance.
- Taxi Permits: $90.00.Contact 893-7538 for assistance.
- Photographs: Available on CD's for $3.00 per CD plus postage paid envelop.
- DUI Video: $3.00 per video plus postage paid envelop
Records and Evidentiary Services can be reached at 727-893-7521
Records Custodian- Collen Dunphy (Manager)