Request Police Records

Request a Traffic Collision Report

Please allow a minimum of 10 days from the date of the accident before requesting to allow the collision report to be reviewed and approved for release. 

Traffic collision reports contain the basic information of the incident, including information from all involved drivers, passengers, and/or property owners and law enforcement officer narrative(s) and diagram(s).

Requesting Police Records

To assist us in locating your documents please provide as much information as possible. Helpful information to provide includes:

  1. Case number and type of call (i.e. Burglary)
  2. If the case number is unknown include:
    Date and time incident occurred
    Address where the incident occurred; or, if different, the address of the 911 call
    Type of call (i.e., Assault, Burglary)
    Names of parties involved
  3. If you are requesting a vehicle report list the license plate
  4. Contact information (i.e. name, mailing address, email, and/or phone number)

Cost for Public Records

There is no fee for inspecting public records.

  • Copies are 15 cents per page
  • Mailing includes the actual cost of postage and the shipping container
  • Other media includes the actual cost of reproduction
  • Payments by cash, check, or money order payable to "City of Stanwood."  
  • For large requests, the City may:
  • Require a deposit of up to 10% of the estimated cost before making copies
  • Provide copies in installments
  • Require advance payment before providing further installments.


Within five business days after the receipt of a request the Stanwood Police Department will do one or more of the following:

  • Make requested records available to you.
  • Acknowledge the receipt of the request and provide a reasonable estimate of when requested records will be available.
  • Seek clarification of unclear requests.
  • Deny the request and cite the legal exemption(s).


Listings of the most common exemptions are found at RCW 42.56.210-510. These exemptions are noninclusive and disclosure of particular information may be required or prohibited by other sources of legal authority. In addition, other Washington laws may prohibit or exempt the disclosure of other classes of information.

The most common redactions (blackout) include names of victims, all juveniles/minors, and all suspects unless they have been booked into jail. Redacting is a major reason why it takes time to prepare reports to fill a request.