Right to Know Requests


Pennsylvania Right to Know Law


This written policy outlines the proper procedures for requesting records from the Mount Union Police Department (MUPD) under Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law, 65 P.S. §§ 67.101-67.3104.

Questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Mount Union Police Right-to-Know Law (RTKL) Office, at 1-814-542-8822.


How to Submit a Right-to-Know Request to the Mount Union Police Department


1.  All RTKL requests for records must be in writing. Each request must identify or describe the records sought with sufficient specificity to enable PSP to ascertain which records are being requested. Each request must also provide a name and address to which the MUPD response will be directed.


2.  All requests must be addressed to the Agency Open Records Officer, as follows:
  
Mount Union Police Department
ATTN: Agency Open Records Officer, Mr.Robert Lippmann
28 West Market Street
Mount Union, PA 17066
 
Email:
righttoknow@mtunionpolice.org

Fax: (814) 542-4738

Requests may be sent to MUPD RTKL Office via mail, fax, or in person during regular business hours of 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday (except holidays and official office closings).



3.  Investigative reports are not public information and therefore not accessible under the RTKL. Investigative reports may be available with a properly executed subpoena.


Criminal History Record Information is not obtainable under the RTKL. Requests for Criminal History Record information should be directed to the Pennsylvania State Police at Request for Criminal History Record Information.


MUPD does not possess or retain investigative or administrative information for other state or local government agencies.



4.  To the extent that this request seeks or may be construed to seek Mount Union Police records involving covert law enforcement investigations, including intelligence gathering and analysis, the Department can neither confirm, nor deny the existence of such records without risk of compromising investigations and imperiling individuals. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, therefore, should the Department’s response to this request be interpreted as indicating otherwise. In all events, should such records exist, they are entirely exempt from public disclosure under the Right-to-Know Law, 65 P.S. §§ 67.101-67.3104, and the Criminal History Record Information Act, 18 Pa.C.S. §§ 9101-9183.



5.  If a written request for records is granted, the following fees will be charged to the requestor:

•$0.25 per page for duplication;
•$2.00 per record certification;
•Actual costs for postage, facsimile or other media, and for duplication of specialized records (except that postage fees will be waived for postage that is under $1.00);

•Fees will be waived for duplication that is under $5.00;

  
RTKL fees for duplication are established by the
Office of Open Records. As expressly provided by 65 P.S. §67.1307(g), the Agency is authorized to charge requesters reasonable fees for necessarily incurred costs. The Agency will determine and charge such fees on a case by case basis. Answers to fee-related questions may be obtained by calling MUPD.


6.  Requesters must pay all applicable RTKL fees before access to requested records is provided. Should MUPD determine that applicable fees are projected to exceed $100.00, the requester will be required to prepay the fees before the request is processed. All fees must be paid by certified check, bank check, or money order made payable to the “Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”


All appeals shall be addressed as follows:

Pennsylvania Office of Open Records
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, Plaza Level
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225
 
Phone: (717) 346-9903
Email:
openrecords@pa.gov
Web site: Office of Open Records


7.  Please use the following form below in order to submit your RTK request:
 
MUPD Right to Know Law Request form (PDF)