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Please click here to contact the Kentwood Police Department with any additional comments/concerns. You may call the front desk at 616-698-6580. 

Kentwood Police Department
Records Manager
Deb Ginebaugh
616-656-6651
Ginebaughd@kentwood.us
How can I obtain a copy of a traffic crash report in Kentwood?
A person involved in a traffic crash may obtain a copy of the crash report at the Kentwood Justice Center, 4742 Walma Avenue SE, Monday through Friday during normal business hours, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.  A $6.00 fee is assessed for the report. 
How can I obtain a copy of my criminal history record or a background check on myself for employment purposes?
You may obtain a copy of your own City of Kentwood arrest record by coming in to the Kentwood Police Department. The fee for this service is $6.00 (cash or check only). Please note that only Kentwood records are checked. You may obtain a copy of your criminal history convictions in the State of Michigan by calling (517)-322-1956

State of Michigan Internet Criminal History Access Tool
How can I get information on sex offenders in my neighborhood?
Public sex offender registry information may be obtained on the Internet by going to http://www.mipsor.state.mi.us/mipsor/default.htm. This web site will allow you to inquire by zip code or a specific name.  Police departments also maintain a printed copy that may be viewed during normal business hours.
How can I get my criminal record expunged?
Expunging a crime conviction from a criminal history is a legal process that requires an attorney to petition the court. You should consult with an attorney to determine if your conviction may be expunged.
How may I get fingerprinted for employment?
We offer fingerprinting cards and livescan fingerprinting for employment. The charge for fingerprint cards is $15.00 cash or check only. For livescan fingerprints, it is $57.00 cash or check only. Please note that we fingerprint Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, during normal busniess hours 9:00am to 4:30pm. If you are in a group of three of more please call ahead to schedule an appointment  (616)-698-6580. For more information on fingerprinting please click here.
How do do I submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request?
Requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) may be done in the following ways:

IN PERSON:
In person at the Kentwood Police Department located at 4742 Walma Ave SE Kentwood, Michigan 49512 during the business hours of 9:00am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

BY FAX:
Print out the FOIA Request Form, and fax to: (616)-698-6460 

BY MAIL:
Print out the FOIA Request Form and mail the form to:
Kentwood Police Department
4742 Walma Ave SE
Kentwood, Michigan 49512
Attn: Records Bureau

ONLINE:
Fill out the Online Freedom of Information Act Request and click submit.

FURTHER INFORMATION:
Please note that any requests submitted electronically or in person after 3:00 PM will be considered "received" the next business day.

When making a request for a police report, please be as complete and thorough as possible to ensure that your request is processed in a timely manner. Your FOIA request will be completed within five (5) business days of receipt. If we cannot complete your request within that time frame, you will receive a notice of extension in which we will have up to another ten (10) business days to complete your request.

Any report released from the Kentwood Police Department will have the following items redacted:
- Social Security Number
- Street address and apartment numbers
- Middle names
- Dates of birth
- All Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) information
- Drivers license numbers
- Phone numbers
- Juvenile information
- Non-public information

ASSOCIATED FEES:
The fees for research, redaction, duplication and mailing are based on actual cost. Redaction time is charged at a rate of $19.47 per hour, rounded down to the nearest 15 minute period. All documents are printed double-sided unless specifically requested otherwise. Any documents requested for "review only" are subject to all costs incurred to produce a redacted document. If you would like a complete list of our FOIA fees please contact the Kentwood Police Department at (616)-698-6580.

For a Michigan criminal history record, please visit the Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT)

For a Traffic Crash Report, please visit the Traffic Crash Purchasing System (TCPS)