FOIA (Police)

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Introduction

The Freedom of Information Act ( FOIA) is a law that provides the public the right to request access to records from any federal agency. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government. Federal agencies are required to disclose any information requested under the FOIA unless it falls under one of nine exemptions which protect interests such as personal privacy, national security, and law enforcement.

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The Public Act 563 of 2014 makes significant changes to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Beginning July 1, 2015, Michigan legislation requires public bodies to establish specific written procedures and guidelines for FOIA requests, including a separate written summary informing the public on how to submit FOIA requests, how to understand the public body's responses to FOIA requests, deposit requirements, fee calculations, and avenues for challenging and appealing the public body's denial of a request.

Full text of FOIA amendments as enacted by the Michigan Legislature

Request for Public Record

Public Summary of Procedures and Guidelines for a Record Request under FOIA

*For non-Police related requests, please visit the City Clerk's FOIA page.