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A police report is public record unless it is an open case. You do not need a subpoena
for a public record, you need to make a public records request under the Freedom of Information
Act. Pennsylvania courts have determined that police incident reports are public records. See Tapco, Inc . v. Township of Neville, 695 A.2d 460 ( Pa. Cmwlth. 1997).
Thus, you need to make a FOIA request to the record department of the department that took the report and you can obtain the report. No subpoenas are needed and I do not know why the police department would tell you that.
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