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OPEN RECORDS

Right to Know Request Form

The first thing a citizen should do to file a RTK (Right To Know) request is to complete a RTK form: By Clicking Above
Address your request to the Police Chief, Roy D. Seiple - Open Records Officer.
The form maybe downloaded, printed, completed and mailed, faxed, emailed, or hand delivered to Colonial Regional Police Department.
The form cannot be submitted via this website.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM COLONIAL REGIONAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Colonail Regional Police Department has five (5) business days to respond in writing to:
Grant the request
Deny the request (citing the legal basis for denial/partial denial)
Invoke a 30-day extension for certain reasons

HOW TO FILE A REQUEST

A citizen can file a Right-To-Know request in four ways.

Fax (610) 861-4829

Walk-In Station

US Mail (248 Brodhead Rd, Suite 1, Bethlehem, PA  18017)

Email (info@colonialregionalpd.org)

HOW TO FILE AN APPEAL

You have a right to appeal this denial of information in writing to:

Terry Mutchler, Executive Director, Office of Open Records, Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, 4th Floor, Harrisburg, PA  17120

For Criminal Records of Colonial Regional Police Department, the appeal must be filed with the District Attorney of Northampton County.

If you choose to file an appeal you must do so within 15 business days of the mailing due date of the agency's response, as outlined in Section 1101.

Please note that  a copy of your original Right-to-Know request and the denial letter must be included when filing an appeal. The law also requires that

you state the reasons why the record is a public record and address each of the reasons the Agency denies your request. visit the Office of Open Records

website at http://openrecords.state.pa.us for further information on filing an appeal.

If you have further questions, please call Chief Roy D. Seiple, Open Records Officer.

Please be advised that this correspondence will serve to close this record with our office as permitted by law.

RIGHT TO KNOW APPEAL FORM

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Pennsylvania’s New Right to Know Law

Act 3 of 2008, as signed by Gov. Edward G. Rendell on February 14, 2008

Effective January 1, 2009       (Download: PDF Version : Text Version)

 

PA Constitution   (Download: PDF Version)

SunShine Act    (Download: PDF Version)     

Be aware that the Office of Open Records has no jurisdiction over the Sunshine Act

or violations of the Sunshine Act. A copy of the Act is provided here as a courtesy

because it is a complementary law to the Right to Know Law. 

They work together to provide for the transparency of Government.

Legislative history of the Right-to-Know Law (Download: PDF Version)

Department's Policy on Right to Know Requests