When digging into the behavior of a target, an often overlooked source of information is a Calls for Service record from the local police department. These reports contain valuable information about situations that might otherwise never be found. Criminal background checks typically only return data that has made it through the court system, when in actuality, most events don’t make it that far.
Knowing just how many times the police were called can give us valuable insight into the nature of a subject, a relationship, or the interactions among neighbors. Sometimes this information can help build a case for or against someone by simply knowing that the authorities were called, how often, and for what purpose. Although Calls for Service records go by many different names, most jurisdictions make these reports available through a public records request.
What Can You Expect from a Calls for Service Report?
Calls for Service reports typically include the names people that were involved in the incident, details of the nature of the call including the date and time of the officer contact, the addresses of the caller or location of the incident. It might also contain additional information such as phone numbers or other contact information used to initiate the call.
Limiting Your Scope of the Search
When requesting such information, it’s best to cast a broad enough net to get the information you need without getting too much extra information to sort through. Consider limiting your request by names, addresses, and/or specific police departments. This will help ease the workload in sorting through the records that are returned, as well as easing the workload on the government agency responsible for delivering the records (which you will certainly want on your side for future investigations).
Real Word Benefits
Some of the benefits obtained from such records might be:
- Discovering unknown addresses or phone numbers associated with targets.
- Unveiling the police’s perspective on an event.
- Determining the legitimacy of calls for service.
- Placing subjects at a particular location at a specific time.