City of Hazelwood, MO
St. Louis County
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[CC 1997 §2.63; Ord. No. 2852-97, 4-16-1997; Ord. No. 3026-99 §8, 1-6-1999]
As used in this Article, the following terms shall have the following definitions:
ARREST
An actual restraint of the person of the defendant, or by his submission to the custody of the officer, under authority of a warrant or otherwise for a criminal violation which results in the issuance of a summons or the person being booked.
ARREST REPORT
A record of a law enforcement agency of an arrest and of any detention or confinement incident thereto together with the charge therefor.
INACTIVE
An investigation in which no further action will be taken by a law enforcement agency or officer for any of the following reasons:
1. 
A decision by the law enforcement agency not to pursue the case;
2. 
Expiration of the time to file criminal charges pursuant to the applicable statute of limitations, or ten (10) years after the commission of the offense; whichever date earliest occurs;
3. 
Finality of the convictions of all persons convicted on the basis of the information contained in the investigative report, by exhaustion of, or expiration of, all rights of appeal of such persons.
INCIDENT REPORT
A record of a law enforcement agency consisting of the date, time, specific location, name of the victim and immediate facts and circumstances surrounding the initial report of a crime or incident, including any logs of reported crimes, accidents and complaints maintained by that agency.
INVESTIGATIVE REPORT
A record, other than an arrest or incident report, prepared by personnel of a law enforcement agency, inquiring into a crime or suspected crime, either in response to an incident report or in response to evidence developed by Law Enforcement Officers in the course of their duties.
[CC 1997 §2.64; Ord. No. 2852-97, 4-16-1997; Ord. No. 3026-99 §9, 1-6-1999]
A. 
The Police Department shall maintain records of all incidents reported to the Police Department, and investigations and arrests made by the Police Department. All incident reports and arrest reports shall be open records. Notwithstanding any other provision of law other than the provisions of Subsection (C) of this Section or Section 320.083, RSMo., investigative reports of the Police Department are closed records until the investigation becomes inactive. If any person is arrested and not charged with an offense against the law within thirty (30) days of the person's arrest, the arrest report shall thereafter be a closed record except that the disposition portion of the record may be accessed for purposes of exculpation and except as provided in Section 120.170.
B. 
Except as provided in Subsections (C) and (D) of this Section, if any portion of a record or document of a Police Department Officer or the Police Department, other than an arrest report, which would otherwise be open, contains information that is reasonably likely to pose a clear and present danger to the safety of any victim, witness, undercover officer, or other person; or jeopardize a criminal investigation, including records which would disclose the identity of a source wishing to remain confidential or a suspect not in custody; or which would disclose techniques, procedures or guidelines for Police Department investigations or prosecutions, that portion of the record shall be closed and shall be retracted from any record made available pursuant to this Article.
C. 
Any person, attorney for a person, or insurer of a person involved in any incident or whose property is involved in an incident, may obtain any records closed pursuant to this Section or Section 120.180 for purposes of investigation of any civil claim or defense, as provided by this Subsection. Any individual, his attorney or insurer, involved in an incident or whose property is involved in an incident, upon written request, may obtain a complete unaltered and unedited incident report concerning the incident, and may obtain access to other records closed by the Police Department pursuant to this Section. Within thirty (30) days of such request, the Police Department shall provide the requested material or file a motion pursuant to this Subsection with the Circuit Court having jurisdiction over the Police Department stating that the safety of the victim, witness or other individual cannot be reasonably ensured, or that a criminal investigation is likely to be jeopardized. Pursuant to Section 610.100(4) RSMo., if, based on such motion, the court finds for the Police Department, the court shall either order the record closed or order such portion of the record that should be closed to be retracted from any record made available pursuant to this Subsection.
D. 
The victim of an offense under Chapter 566, RSMo., may request that his identity be kept confidential until a charge relating to said incident is filed.
[CC 1997 §2.65; Ord. No. 2852-97, 4-16-1997; Ord. No. 3026-99 §10, 1-6-1999]
If the person arrested is charged but the case is subsequently nolle prossed or dismissed, or the accused is found not guilty, or imposition of sentence is suspended in the court in which the action is prosecuted, official records pertaining to the case shall thereafter be closed records when such case is finally terminated except that the disposition portion of the record may be accessed and except as provided in Section 120.170. If the accused is found not guilty due to mental disease or defect pursuant to Section 552.030, RSMo., official records pertaining to the case shall thereafter be closed records upon such findings, except that the disposition may be accessed only by law enforcement agencies, child care agencies, facilities as defined in Section 198.006, RSMo., and in-home services provider agencies as defined in Section 660.250, RSMo., in the manner established by Section 610.120, RSMo.
[CC 1997 §2.66; Ord. No. 2852-97, 4-16-1997; Ord. No. 3026-99 §11, 1-6-1999]
A. 
Records required to be closed shall not be destroyed; they shall be inaccessible to the general public and to all persons other than the defendant except as provided in this Section and Section 43.507, RSMo. They shall be available to the Sentencing Advisory Commission created in Section 558.019, RSMo., for the purpose of studying sentencing practices, and only to courts, law enforcement agencies, child care agencies as herein defined, Department of Revenue for driving record purposes, facilities as defined in Section 198.006, RSMo., in-home services provider agencies as defined in Section 660.250, RSMo., the Division of Workers' Compensation for the purposes of determining eligibility for crime victims' compensation pursuant to Sections 595.010 to 595.075, RSMo., and Federal agencies for purposes of prosecution, sentencing, parole consideration, criminal justice employment, child care employment, nursing home employment and to Federal agencies for such investigative purposes as authorized by law or presidential executive order. These records shall be made available for the above purposes regardless of any previous statutory provision which had closed such records to certain agencies or for certain purposes. All records which are closed records, shall be removed from the records of the Police Department and Municipal Court which are available to the public, and shall be kept in separate records which are to be held confidential and, where possible, pages of the public record shall be retyped or rewritten omitting those portions of the record which deal with the defendant's case. If retyping or rewriting is not feasible because of the permanent nature of the record books, such record entries shall be blacked out and recopied in a confidential book.
B. 
As used in this Section, the term "child care" includes providers and youth services agencies as those terms are defined in Section 43.540, RSMo., elementary and secondary school teachers, and elementary and secondary school bus drivers, whether such drivers are employed by a school or an entity which has contracted with the school to provide transportation services.
[CC 1997 §2.67; Ord. No. 2852-97, 4-16-1997]
Except as provided by this Section, any information acquired by the Police Department by way of a complaint or report of a crime made by telephone contact using the emergency number, 911, shall be inaccessible to the general public. However, information consisting of the date, time, specific location and immediate facts and circumstances surrounding the initial report of the crime or incident shall be considered to be an incident report and subject to Section 120.150. Any closed records pursuant to this Section shall be available upon request by law enforcement agencies or the Division of Workers' Compensation or pursuant to a valid court order authorizing disclosure upon motion and good cause shown.