Freedom of Information Act Requests (FOIA)
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (MCL 15.231 et. seq.) regulates and sets requirements for the disclosure of public records by public bodies within the state of Michigan. A public record is a writing prepared, owned, used, in the possession of, or retained by a public body in the performance of an official function, from the time it is created. Allegan County Sheriff’s Office complies with the requirements set by this Act and the public may fill out a Sheriff's Office Records FOIA Request form (below). In general, all records except those cited as exceptions are covered by FOIA.
To obtain a copy of a report from the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office, first determine the type of report.
NOTE: The Freedom of Information form is not required to make a request. Requests may also be sent by mail or fax via a letter to us using the information listed below:
- Mailing Address: Allegan County Sheriff’s Office, Attn: FOIA Administrator, 640 River St., Allegan, MI 49010
- Fax Number: 269.673.0406
- Email: SheriffFOIA@allegancounty.org
Traffic Crash Report (UD-10)
- Traffic Crash Reports are available 3-5 business days after the date of the crash; circumstances may arise making it unavailable in this time frame.
- Traffic Crash Reports may be instantly obtained by visiting the link below for the Traffic Crash Report UD-10 LexisNexis Police Report system; or a request may be submitted to the Sheriff’s Office.
If making a request for a Traffic Crash Report to the Sheriff’s Office, you will need to be able to provide the Complaint Number or Date of Accident, and the Location of the Accident. For this request, please complete the Traffic Crash Report UD-10 Sheriffs Office FOIA Request form (below).
All Other Types of Records
- To request any other Allegan County Sheriff’s Office record (e.g., incident reports, photos, videos, etc.), complete the Sheriff's Office Records FOIA Request form (below).
- For a 911 call/recording, make your request through the Central Dispatch 911 FOIA Requests form (below).
NOTE: the processing of any FOIA Request may take up to five (5) business days.
Domestic Violence, Stalking, or Personal Protection Order Violation Reports
Cases that are open and related to domestic violence, stalking, or a personal protection order violation may be given special assistance by contacting the Sheriff’s Office front desk at 269.673.0500, ext. 4219.
Personal Protection Orders (PPOs) are obtained through the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office: 269.673.0300.