We reviewed your request for a copy of the police reports and a copy of the recordings of the 911 calls of an incident that occurred on August 5, 2019 and August 19, 2019, documented under incident numbers 190806000021 and 190819006029, respectively.
Your request was made under the California Public Records Act (the Act). The Department is cognizant of its responsibilities under the Act. It recognizes the statutory scheme was enacted to maximize citizen access to the workings of government. The Act does not mandate disclosure of all documents within the government’s possession. Rather, by specific exemption and reference to other statutes, the Act recognizes that there are boundaries where the public’s right to access must be balanced against such weighty considerations as the right of privacy, a right of constitutional dimension under California Constitution, Article 1, Section 1. The law also exempts from disclosure records that are privileged or confidential or otherwise exempt under either express provisions of the Act or pursuant to applicable federal or state law, per California Government Code Sections 6254(b); 6254(c); 6254(f); 6254(k); and 6255.
The police reports for your request are managed by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Records and Identification (R&I) Division. These include requests for copies of Department records concerning crimes, arrests, pawned articles, traffic, property, firearms, securities, vehicles, boats and missing persons as well as clearance letters for the purpose of travel and/or adoption, detention letters, arrest summaries and repossession receipts.
To make a request for one of these items, go to:
Regarding your request for the recordings of the 9-1-1 calls, in accordance with Section 6254(f) of the California Government Code, records of investigations conducted by, or investigatory files compiled by, any local police agency for law enforcement purposes, are exempt from disclosure. Should any records be located, 9-1-1 telephone calls, recordings, transcripts, witness statements and logs are either investigatory records themselves or properly part of an investigative file and therefore exempt from disclosure. Therefore, your request for any of them is denied. The records may be produced in response to a subpoena or court order.
Should any record be located, to the extent the information is recorded, a summary including the time, date, and location of occurrence, the time and date of the call, the name and age of the victim, and a brief statement of the circumstances can be made available to you upon request.
If the call was referred to paramedics, the Los Angeles Fire Department may have records responsive to your request and can be contacted at the following address:
Los Angeles Fire Department
Community Liaison Officer
200 North Main Street, Suite 1800
Los Angeles, CA 90012
If you have any questions, please respond to this email.
LAPD Discovery Section, CPRA Unit