Video Recording Request

REQUESTING AUDIO/VIDEO RECORDINGS FROM SPRING TOWNSHIP POLICE

NOTE:  Do not request Spring Township Police audio or video recordings using the Act 3 of 2008 known as the Right-to-Know Law.  This page contains instructions for requesting audio and video recordings.

Overview

Act 22 of 2017 established a new process for individuals seeking “any audio recording or video recording made by a law enforcement agency.”  The Right-to-Know Law does not apply to requests for these recordings.

How to File a Request

Under Act 22 a request for an audio or video recording in the possession of a law enforcement agency must be made within 60 days of the date the recording was made.

The written request must be submitted to the Agency Open Records Officer (AORO) for the law enforcement agency that possesses the record.  The request is not officially received until it is personally delivered to the AORO, or when it is marked “delivered” by certified mail.

The request must include:

  • The date, time and location of the event recorded;
  • A statement describing the requester's relationship to the event recorded; and
  • If the recorded incident took place inside a residence, the request must also identify every person present at the time of the recording, unless unknown and not reasonably ascertainable

Once a request is filed, the agency has 30 days to respond, although the requester and agency can agree to an extension.

Under Act 22, the agency may deny the request—in writing—if it determines that a recording contains:

  • Potential evidence in a criminal matter; or
  • Information pertaining to an investigation or a matter in which a criminal charge has been filed; or
  • Confidential information or victim information; and
  • The reasonable redaction of the recording would not safeguard potential evidence.

Fees Associated with Granted Requests

Act 22 permits law enforcement agencies to charge a reasonable fee to provide a copy of an audio recording or video recording.  The Spring Township Police Department has established a fee of $100 for each granted audio recording or video recording.  If multiple audio recordings and/or video recordings are requested, a $100 fee will be charged for each recording.

How to Appeal a Denied Request

When a request is denied, the requester may appeal within 30 days of the date of denial to the Court of Common Pleas with jurisdiction over the matter (i.e., the court in the county where the recorded event took place).

This appeal is filed as a Petition for Judicial Review and must include:

  • A filing fee of $125;
  • A copy of the written request and any written responses; and
  • Proof that the AORO was served within five days of the filing of the petition.

If the event recorded took place inside a residence, the petitioner must also certify that notice of the petition has been served on each individual present at the time of the recording, and on the owner and occupant of the residence, unless that information is unknown and not reasonably ascertainable.

Submitting a Request

All requests must be either hand-delivered to the Agency Open Records Officer or sent by certified mail, as follows:

Spring Township Police Department

ATTN:  Agency Open Records Officer

2800 Shillington Rd.

Reading, PA  19608

Requests are accepted during regular business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except holidays and official office closings).

Attachments
PDF icon Video Request Form