How to file a traffic accident report

Call 911 for emergencies. Non-emergencies call (812) 339-4477. The call taker will need to know if anyone is injured and the type of injuries. Also report the location and the number and types of vehicles involved. The call taker will determine which emergency personnel are needed and send them to your location.

Please have your driver's license, vehicle registration, and vehicle insurance card ready to present to the officer when he/she arrives. The officer will investigate the accident and file a police report if necessary under State law.

If you are involved in a minor damage accident (combined damage estimate of all vehicles involved is less than $1000), drivers are not required to call the police. Drivers should exchange the following information before leaving the scene: name, address, telephone number, driver's license number, vehicle information including license plate, and vehicle insurance company name, policy number, and telephone number.

How to file an incident report

Call 911 for emergencies. For non-emergencies, call (812) 339-4477. Advise the call taker that you want to report an incident. They will take necessary information from you. An officer will then come to your location or call you by telephone, depending on the nature of the incident. You may also file a report in person at BPD, 220 East 3rd Street. Reports can be made twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Some incidents may be reported online through our Online Incident Reporting system.

Obtaining Public Records

To obtain a copy of a police report, request statistical information, request photos or recordings, or any other polcie record other than a car accident, please complete the Public Access Request form. This form is an attachment appreaing on thr right side of this page. Bring to the Police Department or mail this form to:

Records Division
220 E. Third St.
Bloomington, IN 47401

To obtain a copy of an accident report (for car accidents), come in to the Police Department at 220 E. Third St. or mail a check or money order for eight dollars made payable to the Bloomington Police Department, a self-addressed postage-paid envelope, and a paper request which should include as much of the following information as possible:

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