The Suffolk County Police Department announced that Freedom of Information Law (F.O.I.L.) requests for police and motor vehicle crash reports can now be made online through the police department’s Web site, www.suffolkpd.org.
The police department said the service will make the requesting process easier and cost effective. Previously, requests had to be made in person at police headquarters or requested through the mail.
Under the new system, requests will be automatically entered into an electronic tracking system, allowing police personnel to monitor the status of the request.
The department said many past requests contained incomplete information, which delayed application processing. The new system will require certain information to be entered.
FOIL submitters will receive automatic e-mail acknowledgement, and if a request is denied, an e-mail notification will be sent explaining why.