The SPD is digitizing its crash reports through a partnership with the Carfax Police Crash Assistance Program.
The reports are stored electronically in a secure database and available for purchase online (click here). The reports cost $15.50 ($10 for the report and a $5.50 fee).
The SPD says filing electronic crash reports reduces overhead costs. Police departments spend an average of $35,000 a year to manually reproduce accident reports. The new system virtually eliminates this cost as well as the administrative staff time spent fulfilling each request.
Just as important, public access to crash reports is now more efficient. Reports needed by involved parties, insurance companies, and other members of the public are now easily obtained online within minutes. The reports are added to the database three to five business days after the accident.
Nine other Arkansas police departments also offer the service, including:
- Bella Vista Police Department
- Blytheville Police Department
- Cabot Police Department
- Eureka Springs Police Department
- Fort Smith Police Department
- Johnson Police Department
- Russellville Police Department
- White Hall Police Department
- Wynne Police Department