Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests


5036 Davis Ford Road,
Woodbridge, VA 22192
(703) 792-6559
Mon.-Fri. | 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

The information on this page applies to Police Department specific requests only. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for other Prince William County agencies are processed by their respective FOIA Liaison Officers or the Office of the County Attorney.

Virginia FOIA At-A-Glance

Virginia FOIA grants residents access to public records of public bodies, officials, and employees. A public record is any writing or recording - regardless of form: paper, electronic file, audio/video recording, or other format - that is prepared or owned by the department or an employee in the course of public business.

FOIA applies to existing records/documents only, meaning the Police Department is not required to create a new record in response to any request. Additionally, FOIA does not mandate the Police Department to answer questions, requests only pertain to the access, inspection, or retrieval of existing records/documents. 

Tips for Submitting a FOIA Request

To be helpful in the process, FOIA requests should be as detailed as reasonably possible and outline the specific information and/or records/documents you are seeking. Please include your full name and legal address as the requestor, who you represent (if attorney), the case number if known, and any other relevant details to aid in locating the records/documents you are seeking.

The FOIA Liaison Officer, or other Police Department/County representative, may contact you to clarify your request. This is to ensure we understand your request fully, so the request can be completed properly and efficiently. The Police Department will not ask you to provide a reason why you are submitting your request.

How To Submit a FOIA Request to the Police Department

FOIA requests are processed by the Department's FOIA Liaison Officer and can be submitted in person, by U.S. mail, fax, phone, or by email.


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  • Who is eligible to submit a FOIA request?
  • How long will it take to receive a response to my request?
  • What information can be obtained without submitting a request?
  • What are the reasons my request could be denied?
  • Are there costs associated with my request?

For more information, please contact the FOIA Liaison Officer by calling (703) 792-6559 or email.