Department Policy on Right To Know
HOW TO FILE A REQUEST
A citizen can file a Right-To-Know request in four ways.
- Fax (610) 861-4829
- Walk-In - submit form at the Station
- US Mail (248 Brodhead Rd, Suite 1, Bethlehem, PA 18017)
- Email (email@example.com)
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.
The first thing a citizen should do to file a RTK (Right To Know) request is to complete a RTK form: By Clicking on Right To Know Request Form (below)
Address your request to the Chief of Police, James DePalma - Open Records Officer.
Please download and print the form to be completed. Completed forms are to be submitted to the Colonial Regional Police Department.
The form cannot be submitted via this website.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM COLONIAL REGIONAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Colonial Regional Police Department has five (5) business days to respond in writing.
HOW TO FILE AN APPEAL
You have a right to appeal a Right to Know Request denial in writing to:
Office of Open Records
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North St.,
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225
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 Record website for further information on filing an appeal. If you have further questions, please contact the
Chief of Police, James DePalma, Open Records Officer. Please be advised that this correspondence will serve to close this record with our office as permitted by law.
Appeals for Criminal Records of Colonial Regional Police Department, 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 of the determination.
OFFICE of VICTIMS' SERVICES
In compliance with Act 77 and the Office of Victim's Services, prepopulated, county specific information that includes the local victim service agencies with the county to ensure victims are receiving referral options can be found HERE.
Blank forms can be found HERE.