Records Bureau

The Records Bureau serves as the information center for businesses, attorneys and the public. The Records Bureau collects, maintains, and distributes reports of crimes, incidents, vehicular crashes and other matters of interest to the public and those needed for police operations, as required by law.

Records personnel input source documents into the department’s computer system and generate reports as required by the State of Michigan, the FBI, and other Police Department personnel.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Responding to Public Record Requests: Records personnel respond to all document requests filed under the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Records personnel receive, process and maintain a large amount of files pertaining to arrested persons.
  • Maintaining Recovered or Confiscated Items: The Records Bureau also maintains the inventory of all recovered or confiscated property, items of evidence, impounded motor vehicles and property in conjunction with other city departments.
  • Processing Firearm Purchases & Permits: Records personnel process all applications for the purchase of handguns and concealed weapons permits.

Computer & Photo Lab Services

The Computer Services function of the Records Bureau provides for the capture and retrieval of information designated by statute and/or the stated needs of the department. Due to continuing computerization within the department, the Computer Services unit acts as an in-house resource providing support in the utilization of computers.

The Photo Lab Technician is responsible for processing all photographic evidence. Additionally, this area assists other City departments in processing their photographic requests and serves as a technical resource to the Police Department’s Evidence Technicians.

Police Clearance Letters

A local police clearance letter indicating whether you do or do not have an arrest record in the City of Sterling Heights can be obtained if you are or have been a resident of Sterling Heights.

You will need to provide a copy of your driver’s license or state issued ID.

Contact Us

Records Bureau586-446-2900