Right To Know / Open Records Requests

The Manheim Township Police Department is in compliance with the requirements of PA Act 3 of 2008, the Right to Know and Open Records law.  This law ensures that public information and records pertaining to the police department are open and available and serve as a resource for citizens, public officials and members of the media.

Right to Know Officer
Police Chief Thomas E. Rudzinski serves as the police department's Right To Know / Open Records Officer.

Process to Request an Open Record
If you would like to make a request for a copy of an Open Record, complete the required Open Records Request Form (PDF).  Once completed, your request should then be emailed, faxed to 717-569-9298, or physically sent to the Right to Know Officer via the United States Postal Service or in person delivery to:
     Manheim Township Police Department
     Attention: Right To Know Officer
     1825 Municipal Drive
     Lancaster, PA 17601

Upon receipt of a request, the Right to Know Officer will:
     * Note the date of receipt on the written request.
     * Compute the day on which the five-day period will expire and make a notation of that date on the written request.
     * Maintain an electronic or paper copy of a written request, including all documents submitted with the request until the request has been fulfilled.  If the request is denied, the written request shall be maintained for 30 days or, if an appeal is filed, until a final determination is issued or the appeal is deemed denied

Public Records are open to inspection and for duplication during normal office hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday
through Friday, except for holidays.

Depending on the type of request made, there may be a fee associated to complete the request.  Please call 717-569-6401 for further information pertaining to fees.

Appeals should be made to the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records within 15 business days of the mailing date of the police department's denial of a record.  Appeals should be sent to:
     Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
     Office of Open Records
     333 Market Street, 16th Floor
     Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225
     Phone: 717-346-9903

     Fax: 717-425-5343
     email: openrecords@pa.gov.

For more information on what is required to appeal a decision to deny a record, please visit Pennsylvania’s Office of Open Records’ website.

PDF icon Right To Know / Open Records Request FormPDF icon MTPD Right To Know Policy