Public Information Request
The Public Information Act
“The Public Information Act, formerly known as the Open Records Act, is located at chapter 552 of the Government Code. The Act provides a mechanism for citizens to inspect or copy government records. It also provides for instances in which governmental bodies wish to, or are required by law to, withhold government records from the public.” (Texas Attorney General website).
Request Public Information
In accordance with the Texas Public Information Act, all requests for public information must be made in writing and should identify:
1) the records needed; and,
2) provide the requester’s contact information such as mailing address, phone number, or email.
If you have any questions, or difficulties submitting an Open Records Request, or require assistance, please contact the Joshua City Secretary at 817/558-7447.
Government Code, Chapter 552, Sections 552.009; section 552.205; and sections 552.261 through 552.274 set the fees for request. These sections provide advice and direction to governmental bodies and requestors regarding charges for public information.
Fees may be paid by cash, check, or money order. Make check or money order payable to the City of Joshua. Do not mail cash.
Request for Peace Officers Crash Report
The Joshua Police Department adheres to the requirements of Chapter 550.065 of the Texas Transportation Code regarding the release of crash report information and any fees charged. Upon written request and payment of required fees, the department will provide a copy of the crash report.
Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Report through TxDOT
You may also purchase a copy of the Peace Officers Crash Report through Texas Department of Transportation by going to TxDOT Crash Report Online Purchase System Website
Cost and Ordering
$6.00 for a regular copy $8.00 for a certified copy – A certified copy is request when a person needs an official document, such as for for a legal proceeding.
Ordering a Crash Report by Mail
If you are unable to use the Crash Report Online Purchase System, you may purchase a copy of a Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Report (CR-3) by completing the appropriate request form above and mailing it with the required payment to the address shown on the form.