Police Report Request FOIA

The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 ILCS 140/1, is an act in relation to access of public records and documents. Other State or Federal laws and acts, such as the Privacy Act or Juvenile Court Act, which take precedence over the FOIA, may prevent your access to all or part of the information you have requested.  Please note that certain information may not be released as a result of those precedents.

These records include, but are not limited to, information regarding juvenile offenders, pending investigations, information that would identify informants, information that would impede investigations and any information that would violate the right of privacy of another.  For further information on records that are not subject to release, please see 5 ILCS 140, Sections 2.15, 7, and 7.5. 

All requests for incident, case, arrest and traffic accident reports will be governed by the FOIA and you will be receiving a redacted version of the requested records.  However, if you would like an unredacted copy of a report, please submit a subpoena or an order signed by a judge along with your request.  

Per Sec. 11-416 of 625 ILCS 5/11, the Canton Police Department may furnish copies of traffic accident reports for a fee of $5 for each copy or, in the case of an accident reconstruction report, the fee of $20 for each copy will be charged. 

The FOIA requires a reply to you within five (5) business days excluding weekends and holidays.  An additional 5 days may be required if the request requires extensive search or does not specify the records by date and location.  You will be notified in writing as to whether your request was approved or denied.  If denied, the reason for denial will be included in your letter.  If approved, your letter will indicate when and where your copy will be made available and the fee for copies which is payable upon receipt of documents.  The first fifty pages for black and white copies are free.  There is a .10 cent fee for each additional copied page of information thereafter.

To assist the records department pertaining to your request and to help us determine your right to access, please complete the information requested by downloading and printing out the document from the link below. 

Submitting Information

Please submit Police Report Request FOIA Form to:
Hand deliver to the department or mail to,
City of Canton Police Department
2 North Main Street
Canton, IL 61520
Fax to 309-647-8226.