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How to obtain a copy of an accident report

You can come into the Monroe Police Station and request a copy of your report.  Please allow 5-7 days for your report to be ready.

Must the police be called to every motor vehicle accident?
The police must take an official accident report if any person involved in the accident is injured in the accident by N.Y. State law. Our agency does generally take a full report even if there are no injuries in most circumstances. The driver of any vehicle must also report an accident to DMV of any accident causing a fatality, personal injury, or damage to either vehicle over $1000.00 on a “civilian accident report form” (MV-104) which may be picked up at any police agency, DMV or downloaded from our "Forms Tab" on this site. This report must be completed and mailed to DMV within 10 days of the accident unless the police take the report for you.

How to obtain copies of other police reports

You can submit a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request form in person or by mail.  You can download a copy of a FOIL request from our "Forms Tab" on this site.  The law allows  the municipality 5 days to respond to Foil requests.  There is a fee of $.25 per page and additional fees for photographs and/or other media.

Where and when you can get fingerprinted for a permit or employment?
If you are a village resident you may stop by our station at any time for fingerprinting. Be aware that you may have to wait until an officer is free from handling calls on patrol to be fingerprinted. You must bring your own fingerprint cards and have proof of ID.  Some Employers and Agencies require digital fingerprints in which case you will have to go to an L-1 Site who provide digital fingerprinting.  You can schedule an appointment by visiting:  https://www.ibtfingerprint.com/.

Do I really need to report minor incidents to the police, such as a stolen item from my car or property?
Yes. Even though the item stolen or the incident may be minor the Police need to know about all crimes in order to adjust their patrols and their staffing levels. Most times it will only take about 15 –20 minutes of your time to complete a report.

Does the police department take reports over the telephone?

No, reports are generally taken in person.  If the incident occurred in the village of  Monroe, you can either come into the police station or you can call us at 845-782-8644 and give your information to the Dispatcher who will dispatch a police officer to your location. 

My registration license plate was stolen/lost, or my license was stolen/lost?
Upon finding anything stolen, report the loss immediately to the local police agency. If the theft occurred in the Village of Monroe, contact us immediately. We will issue a MV-78 form to bring to DMV to receive your replacement plates or license.

What to expect when you call the Monroe Police Department directly at 845-782-8644

A Dispatcher will answer the telephone and will be able to assist you.  If you have an emergency or a call for police service, the Dispatcher will send a Police Officer to your location.  If you are calling for a legal question your call will be transferred to a Police Officer.

 Why do 9-1-1 operators and dispatchers ask so many questions?
Dispatchers are required through training and policy to ask at the least what is required to complete a blotter entry, name, address, telephone number, and the exact nature of the call or complaint. The more information the dispatcher can relay to the responding officer the response can be more efficient and safe. You may make a complaint anonymously if you wish.

What do I do if I get a traffic ticket?
A uniform traffic ticket is generally the ticket you receive when you are stopped by the police while driving your vehicle. You may answer the ticket by pleading guilty or not guilty after reading the entire ticket. Send it to the court address located at the bottom of the front of the ticket. You do not need to appear in court if you answer the ticket in a timely fashion. You will be notified by the court of your trial date if you plead not guilty or your fine if you plead guilty. You may also appear in person to answer the charge by appearing in court on the date specified at the bottom of the front of the ticket. Note: the date that is on the bottom of the ticket is not the trial date; the officer may not be there. That date is only to plead guilty or not guilty, which you could have done by mail. A trial date will be set by the judge at this time.

How can I be a good witness?
Being a witness of a criminal act involves good observation. If you observe an action involving a vehicle attempt to obtain the vehicle’s license plate number along with a description of the vehicle and it’s driver. The vehicle’s description and plate number are very important in a criminal investigation. Once the action has stopped or is out of your view, call 911 or our 7 digit number (845-782-8644) as appropriate for the situation and describe in detail everything you just observed to the dispatcher. Do NOT attempt to stop the person committing the criminal act unless you are prepared to take such action. Next, write down everything you just observed, and wait for the arrival of the police. If the criminal act involves a person and no vehicle, try and observe the following: sex, height, weight, hair color, and shirt/pants/jacket/hat description including the color. Once the action has stopped or is out of your view, call 911 or our 7 digit number (845-782-8644) as appropriate for the situation. You should describe in detail everything you just observed to the dispatcher. Next, write down everything you just observed, and wait for the arrival of the police. You may be asked to positively identify the suspect you just observed by what is called a “show up”. Follow the instructions of the police officer. You will then be asked to give a statement as to what you just witnessed, in order for the police to begin the arrest process.  Please click on this link for Observation Tips:  Observation Tips

How do I report a break-in in progress?
If you are inside your residence and believe that you have an intruder inside your home, attempt to take a cell phone or portable phone with you and leave the residence immediately. Once you have made it to a safe location, call 911 immediately. Give your address first and describe to the dispatcher what is going on. If there are other members of your family in the residence with you, get them out of the residence also. If you observe your neighbor’s house with a possible intruder, call 911 immediately, lock your doors, then stay near a window where you can make observations but can’t be seen from the house you are observing. Give the dispatcher your address first, then your neighbors. Describe your neighbor’s house and if you believe the owner is home. Describe any vehicles that are parked within your view, and if they are occupied by anyone. Stay on the line with the dispatcher until they hang up.
 

Can I make a complaint regarding someone committing a vehicle and traffic offense?
Yes. However you cannot sign a formal complaint against someone who commits a traffic offense. You may make a complaint about a specific person or vehicle, or a pattern of traffic offenses committed at a specific location, such as speeding on a specific street. Our supervisory staff will determine whether or not enforcement is required in that area based on the number of complaints received among other things. If you make a complaint about a specific person or vehicle, usually a blotter entry will be made and passed on to the supervisor of the shift. 
 

What happens to a person upon arrest?
Upon arrest a person is transported to the police station and processed. This includes, obtaining their pedigree, photo and fingerprints. The desk officer will then determine if the person needs to be arraigned before a judge or released and given an appearance ticket to return to court at a later date. If arraigned by a judge and he orders bail, the bail for the arrested subject may be posted at the Orange County Jail in Goshen, N.Y.
 

What is the legal limit for driving while intoxicated?
.08% Blood Alcohol Content (B.A.C.) is the legal limit for the charge of Driving While Intoxicated a misdemeanor. Under this level, you may be charged with driving while ability impaired depending on the reading, a violation. Drinking and driving any motor vehicle never mix, call a cab or ask a friend to drive you home.