Open Records Requests

Access to Traffic Accident Reports:

At the direction of the Village of Kohler Attorney, access to traffic accident reports produced by the Kohler Police Department has changed recently. Due to the decision of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Senne v. Village of Palatine, 695 F.3d 597, this change was necessary. The Senne decision held that under the provisions of the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (1994), personal identifying information derived from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is prohibited from disclosure to the public. The DPPA supersedes any conflicting Wisconsin state law that would have previously allowed such a disclosure.

A copy of the accident report may either be released to an attorney of one of the parties involved in the accident or an insurance company representing one of the parties involved.

An additional option to obtain a copy would be to call the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation at (608)266-8753 along with providing them a valid accident report number obtained at the time of the accident or by ordering it online at https://app.wi.gov/crashreports.

All Other Requests:

Public Records Law - State Statute 19.31:

Providing person with information on the affair of government is "an essential function of a representative government and an integral part of the routine duties of officers and employees whose responsibility it is to provide such information. To that end, ss.19.32 to 19.37 shall be construed in every instance with a presumption of complete public access, consistent with the conduct of governmental business. The denial of public access generally is contrary to the public interest, and only in an exceptional case may access be denied."

Kohler Police Department Policy:

It is the intent of the Kohler Police Department to comply with all state statutes concerning the availability of records to the public.

If you wish to receive a copy of a police report or accident report, please contact the Kohler Police Department during the lobby hours of 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m, Monday thru Friday.

Assuming the report is not part of an ongoing investigation, we will be happy to supply you with a copy of the report for a fee of .25 cents per page.

If you are in a hurry, it is to your benefit to call ahead with your request and we will have the information waiting for you when you come in to pick it up.

If you have any questions concerning open records law, please feel free to contact the Chief of Police at (920) 459-3877.