Chief of Police

James Wardwell

Records Bureau

Mission Statement

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

Copies of Police Reports- City Ordinance 2-10(V)(a)(1) Except as otherwise provided by federal or state law, any member of the public shall not be required to pay a fee for copies of any public records or files up to twenty dollars ($20.00) at a rate of fifty cents (.50) per page. Said member of the public shall be required to pay any fee over twenty ($20.00). For the purposes of this subdivision “request” shall be copies of public records or files requested in a single day.

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 @ and follow their instructions. There is a $5.00 cash only fee for a record check.

Pistol permit- Applications for handgun permits can be obtained from the Records Division during usual business hours 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday – Friday. New Britain residents only.

Fees for Certain Records

Certified Police Report: $5.00

CD w/ Photos: $10.00 for CD  (Cash Only)

Copies of accidents reports - $.50 (Cash Only) per page for accident reports.

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, particularly motor vehicle incidents or accidents, 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.

Copies of reports that contain arrests are not available from the Police Department until all charges have been adjudicated in court. For those that need an arrest report prior to their court date, a lawyer may contact the court clerk to obtain a copy.

- 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.

- Active Investigations

In most cases these records are not accessible.

- Arrest Reports

Requests must be made to the Court. New Britain is served by GA15 at 20 Franklin Square, New Britain, CT 06052 (860) 566-1630.

- 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 and Risk of Injury victims, certain witnesses (as well as signed statements from witnesses), and confidential sources.


New Britain Police Department • 10 Chestnut Street New Britain, CT 06051 • Tel. (860) 826-3000 • Fax (860) 826-0791