The Mission of the New Britain Police Department Records Bureau is to manage all law enforcement records throughout their lifetime, from generation or reception, clarification, review, validation, updating, storage and retrieval to final destruction or archival storage; to efficiently disseminate the documentation per Federal, State and local laws to law enforcement, criminal justice, government agencies, citizens and their agents.
Hours of Operation- Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.
We are closed all official government holidays.
Phone Number- 860-826-3190
Fax Number- 860-826-2711
Fingerprinting - Effective Monday January 6th, 2014, all public applicant fingerprinting at the New Britain Police Department will be conducted by Biometric Identification Services which is fingerprinting company owned and operated by retired law enforcement officers and trained identification personnel. This company provides this service at several other police departments in Connecticut including Hartford, Manchester, South Windsor, East Haven and New Haven. They also provide fingerprinting and Notary services for many organizations including school bus companies, insurance companies, banks, tutoring entities and any other organization that is required to have fingerprint-based background checks performed on their employees and volunteers.
Fingerprinting will be conducted in the Fingerprinting Room at the Police Headquarters on Mondays and Wednesdays between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Residents of any cities are welcome.
The fee for this service will be $25.00 per applicant which includes identification verification, electronic fingerprint capture and printing of fingerprint cards. The fee is payable in either cash, money order, bank check or business check. Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted. Appointments are not necessary, however, at least one form of government issued photo identification must be presented.
Fingerprinting for all purposes will be conducted including pistol permits, stock broker licensing, public service licenses, daycare, board of education, general background checks or for any other reason. Organization requiring a large number of members to be fingerprinted can make arrangements to have such done at their location on other days. To arrange for this or for any other questions, please call Biometric Identification Services at (888) 436-8778. For more information, please visit http://www.bioidentserv.com
Background Check- The Record Division can conduct a local record check by visiting our department during usual business hours 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday – Friday. If you wish to receive a State record check we have the State forms or you can visit the Department of Public Safety’s (State Police) website @ www.ct.gov/dps and follow their instructions. There is a $5.00 cash only fee for a record check.
Pistol permit- To obtain an application for handgun permits please go the link under forms listed on our website or go directly to the CT State Police Website.
Fees for Certain Records
All police reports including accidents - $.50 (Cash Only) per page.
Certified Police Report: $5.00 (Cash Only)
CD w/ Photos: $10.00 for CD (Cash Only)
Requesting Police Reports
Copies of reports may be requested in person or by mail. However, State Statutes govern which reports are permitted to be copied. After a certain length of time your report may have been destroyed according to the schedule provided by the Public Records Administration. There are many variables which may come into play in whether your report is releasable.
Police reports are available 3 to 5 working days of the incident. Please call the Records Division prior to picking up a report to ensure that the report you are seeking is available.
- Accident Reports
There are no restrictions on release unless criminal charges were filed in relation to the accident. Public release must await final court disposition of any criminal charges, however persons actually involved in the accident may obtain the record subsequent to the issuance of a warrant or summons in the matter. Accident reports, with the exception of fatalities, may be destroyed after ten years. Accidents reports will be available 10 days after an accident.
Accident reports are now available online. Any accidents that occurred after May 1st, 2017 can be accessed online: https://policereports.lexisnexis.com/
- Active Investigations
In most cases these records are not accessible.
- Uncorroborated Allegations
Access to these is denied by law.
- Juvenile Information
All requests for information must be made to the Juvenile Court. The police are statutorily forbidden from releasing juvenile arrest information. The Superior Court Juvenile Matters has a venue system which differs from the adult courts; we can provide you with the address of the Juvenile Court involved in a specific case if you need to make a request for records.
- Certain Identities
The identities of certain persons are exempted from disclosure by statute: Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Risk of Injury victims and certain witnesses (as well as signed statements from witnesses), and confidential sources.