Overview of Department:
The Joint Services Records Bureau operates on a 24 hour basis to maintain the database associated with incidents, investigations, arrests, traffic accidents and citations generated by the Kenosha Police and Sheriff’s Departments. The Records Bureau is responsible for the maintenance, computerization and storage of all records generated by patrol and investigative personnel in the course of their duties. These records include, but not limited to; incident reports, accident reports, investigative reports, correspondence related to an incident and citations. The Records Bureau is responsible for the entry of all wanted individuals, missing persons, runaways, stolen vehicles and all other stolen property to the Wisconsin and FBI crime information computer systems.
Records Clerks staff the Information Counter at the Public Safety Building. The clerks are responsible for providing information to citizens, writing basic reports and collecting all jail bonds and other monies related to arrests and traffic citations.
Records Bureau personnel respond to a wide range of requests from the general public, news media, and other law enforcement agencies, including records checks, open records requests, and general information/directions while reporting to State and Federal agencies regarding crimes, arrests, and accident information.
Public Records Requests:
Records of the Kenosha Police and Sheriff are available for public release under Federal and Wisconsin Open Records laws. This means that at times information must be redacted (removed) from the report or the report may not be available for release due to such restrictions as an ongoing investigation, or the presence of personal, juvenile, medical or emergency detention information.
In compliance with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Senne v. Vill of Palatine, 695 F.3d 597 (7th Cir. 2012 en ban, cer. pet. filed 11/5/2012), Kenosha Joint Services is no longer releasing personal identifying information under the provisions of the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA). Personal identifying information derived from the Department of Motor Vehicles, including an individual’s date of birth, driver’s license number, social security number, home address, home telephone number, photograph, and medical or disability information is prohibited from public disclosure unless one of the exceptions apply. These exceptions can found at 18 U.S.C. §2721(b).
Questions regarding the release of accident reports, incident reports, name summary lists and record checks should be made to the Records Bureau at (262)605–5015.
Requests may be made by:
- By completing the Fillable/Printable Form which can be mailed, faxed or delivered in–person
- By Telephone: (262)605–5015
- Fax: (262)653–6909
- In person
- Printable form.
- Kenosha Joint Services
1000 55th St
Kenosha, WI 53140
Please do not e–mail requests. Electronic request of records should be submitted by using the online submission
Business hours are 24 hours, Sunday through Saturday, including holidays.