Police report information is governed by Missouri Sunshine Law under Chapter 610. While most information is considered public knowledge, limits may apply in certain circumstances. Most auto accidents, sick cases, accidental injuries can be released with no restrictions. The amount and type of information released may be restricted in cases involving a criminal incident, for example, if an arrest was made, prosecution or judicial action is pending, or further police investigation is being conducted in the matter. The requesting individual should contact the Records Division at 417-561-1001 for the status of a report and the release availability before making a written request.
There is a fee of $5.00 per report unless additional extensive preparation is required.
Any associated photos and videos can only be released with prior authorization from the Records Division. There is a $18.00 fee to have photos and or videos copied to a CD or $22.00 for a USB drive. Payments should be made to the Merriam Woods Police Department by check and should be included with the written request.