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INFORMATION REPORT


This page will explain to you what an Information Report is, and will help you determine if you should use our online reporting system to file a report.

What is an Information Report?

An information report is a report that is used for documentation of a non-criminal act.

Examples for an Information Report

  • An ex-husband and ex-wife are supposed to meet at 6pm so the father can return the children from visitation. The father arrives an hour late.

  • A father is supposed to pick his children up for weekly visitation at 6pm, but when he goes to the ex-wife's house, she refuses to answer the door and he is unable to get his children.


When to not use the online report

Do not use the online reporting system for an Information Report if there has been any type of criminal act that has taken place. Please call (803) 252-2911 and have an officer respond to you.

If you feel your incident fits in the Information Report category, please use the follow tips when completing your report:

When filling out the incident report, there will be a number of information fields and options. Only fields marked with a * are required; however, the other fields may help us if we need to contact you.

What to write in the Incident Description section

When completing the incident description section, remember that the keys to a good description are accuracy and brevity. Include what happened, where it happened, when it happened, how it happened, and who did it (if applicable). Do not include opinions or information that is not related to the incident. Below is an example of how an incident description should be written for an information report:

"On August 19, 2012, my ex-husband was supposed to meet me in the parking lot of the Walmart, at 360 Harbison Blvd, to drop off our two minor children, that he had for weekend visitation. I have primary custody of our children, and we have a court order that states his visitation ends at 6pm on Sunday, and he is to return them to me by that time. He did not arrive at the designated location until 8:43pm and did not call to notify me that he would be late."


 
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