The Harker Heights Police Department no longer gives out copies of crash reports.
The change of policy took effect Nov. 1.
“All crash report requests will be referred to the custodian at the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT),” according to Harker Heights Police Chief Phil Gadd.
TxDOT maintains an archive of all crash records for the State of Texas.
Texas Transportation Code 550.062 requires any law enforcement officer in the regular course of duty investigates a motor vehicle crash that results in injury to or death of a person or damage to property in excess of $1,000 or more, to submit a written report of that crash to TxDOT no later than the 10th day after the date of the crash.
Due to their confidential nature, crash reports are not available for online viewing by the general public.
As of Sept. 1, 2019, per the Texas Legislature and Senate Bill 312, all Peace Officer Crash Reports are to be submitted electronically.
A person requesting a copy of a Texas Peace Officer Crash Report should go to: https://cris.dot.state.tx.us/public/purchase and complete the required form or by mail at Texas Department of Transportation, 125 E. 11th St., Austin, TX 78701,
TxDOT collects crash reports from the law enforcement agencies for crashes occurring on public highways and the state highway system.
The state retention schedule effective in 2015 contents only five previous years plus the current year. Data for year beyond this period is unavailable.
The cost for crash reports is $6 for a regular copy and $8 for a certified copy.
A certified copy is normally requested when and individual needs an official document, such as for a legal proceeding.