Open Records / Right To Know
What is Right To Know?
Pennsylvania's Right to Know Law - On February 14, 2008, Governor Rendell signed into law Act 3 of 2008, known as the Right to Know Law. For additional information on the PA Right To Law, please contact the Office of Open Records. In accordance with this law, Lower Windsor Township Police has appointed a Right to Know Officer, who will be responsible for the public requests for Lower Windsor Township Police Department documents and public records as follows:
Open Records Officer: L. James Thomas, Chief of Police
Alternate Officer: Molly Miller, Administrative Assistant
Lower Windsor Township Police Department, 2425 Craley Road, Wrightsville, PA 17368
Police incident reports are not permitted to be shared with the public because they are covered by the Criminal History Record Information Act (CHRIA). Incident and criminal reports can only be released with a court order or subpoena.
However, you can submit a RTK Request for the record. According to Section 708(b)(16) of the Right To Know Law, the only information you will receive is the report number, incident type, date and time of incident and the officer who took the report. And, you will be responsible for payment of such record(s).
All requests shall be submitted on the Right-To-Know form provided at the bottom of this page in writing and sent to Lower Windsor Township Police Department by mail or facsimile (717) 244-8263 or email, or delivered in person during regular business hours at the Lower Windsor Township Police Department from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday except holidays and official office closing. The Lower Windsor Township Police Department will NOT accept verbal or anonymous requests for records. Email requests can be emailed to the general police email: email@example.com.
The release of information is subject to restrictions placed by applicable local, state and federal laws. Further, any information that would hamper the successful conclusion of an investigation or jeopardize the safety of affected persons will not be released.
Privileged document is one that is covered by the common privileges such as an attorney-client, attorney work product, doctor-patient, speech-and-debate, any other privilege recognized by PA Courts
To challenge the denial or deemed denial of a request for LWT Police records, an appeal may be filed with the Office of Open Records.
Contact Information for PA Office of Open Records
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Office of Open Records
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, 4th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225
Telephone: (717) 771-9600
If the denial of records is pursuant to Section 708(b)(16), as relating to a criminal investigation, then an appeal will need to be filed with the York County District Attorney's Office.
York County District Attorney
45 North George Street
York, PA 17401
Telephone: (717) 771-9600
$.25 per page black & white
$.50 per page color
(Per page is either single-sided copy or one side of a double-sided)
Photographs: $2 per photo
Certification of Record: $5.00 (at the request of the requestor)
Digital Video/Audio: $50 per copy
Postage Fees: Actual cost of mailing
Once the request is fulfilled and prepared for release, this agency requires the cost of the records to be paid prior to releasing the records to the requestor. Payment may be made by cash or check only.
For BWC Video Requests, please use this form: https://www.openrecords.pa.gov/Documents/RTKL/Act22_RequestForm.pdf
For additional information on Police Video, please visit the Office of Open Records webpage here: https://www.openrecords.pa.gov/RTKL/PoliceRecordings.cfm