Was the person ever arrested?
no - the report was filed by the parent and the girl refused to testify against the man
Other than the police report, there is no record created.
There would not be anything available if someone did a background check on you.
Only arrest and the court process is available as part of a person's criminal history.
The fact that a complaint was made is only kept by the police department.
would the police department still have a record of the report? I really need to be able to dig up this report if at all possible.
I did one of those internet background reports and did not find it. But i did not go to the city/county and microfish anything
The police department should have kept a copy of the report. If you want to find our for sure you can make an open records request to the police department and ask for it.
do police departments destroy records after a certain amount of time or do they simply file them away - I forgot what it is called.
It really depends on the policies of each department. In my experience, records are usually destroyed after 10 years if no action was taken, but each department can have its own records retention policies.
so do I go to the department and ask to see the microfilms or do I fill out paperwork or what? I know approximately what month in 97.
hope my luck is with me and they have archived it
Call the police department first and ask about their open records act procedures. Each department should have a contact person for open records act questions. They will be able to point you to their forms and procedures.
thanks so much. will do
Glad to help. Can I do anything else for you?
not for the moment. maybe after i check records.
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