You may wish to wait 5-7 business days from the date of the incident or the date you made the report before you contact the LCSO Records Division at 847.377.4200 to obtain a report. Depending on the complexity of the report, it takes on average 5-7 business days for a report to be completed by the Deputy; approved by the Sergeant; and submitted to the Records Division.
Reports and other documents requested without a subpoena, court order or specific statutory authority will be treated as a request made under the FOIA. Many of the Sheriff's records may be exempt from disclosure under the provisions of the FOIA, as stated in Section 7 of FOIA. In order to identify records and review them for possible exemptions, the Sheriff may take up to 5 business days to respond to a Records FOIA Request and, if necessary, may take a reasonable period of time thereafter to produce the non-exempt records requested.
Methods to Request Information and Public Records
Please complete a FOIA form and mail, fax, email, or hand-deliver directly to one of the following FOIA Officers: Christy Berkquist, Sergeant Anthony Parisi or Chief Jennifer Witherspoon.
Please be specific in the nature of your request in order for FOIA officers to process your request more efficiently. (Illinois law does not require you to submit on a standard form, but the request should be in writing).
- First 50 pages are free (black & white)
- 15 cents per page thereafter (black & white)
- Actual costs of copying for color copies
*Electronic records can be requested and will be provided, as allowed under the law.
Release of Incident Reports
The following Records Division Protocols are followed to determine when and to whom an Incident Report may be released to.
- Authorized representatives of the victim(s)
- Insurance carriers against which a claim has been made and/or might be made
- Person(s) suffering bodily injury, property damage or loss as result of incident
Note: In some instances, certain information may be redacted as provided by FOIA Law.
- If the disclosure would endanger the safety of a witness and/or other involved party
- If disclosure could endanger the successful completion of an investigation and/or related investigation
- Name and address of a victim(s) of certain specified crimes will not be disclosed
- If the Department is prohibited by law from releasing the report (e.g. child abuse reports)
Note: Requests are evaluated on a case by case basis and other FOIA exemptions may prohibit the release of information.
Traffic Accident Reports
Residents may access traffic accident reports one of two ways:
Visit the Lake County Sheriff's Office Online Accident Report System to obtain traffic accident reports online. There is a $13.00 fee for retrieving accident reports online. This system allows reports to be available 24 hours a day via the internet, saving residents time and money.
*Note: Online reports are only available for accidents occurring after March 31, 2011.
Traffic accident reports may be obtained in person or by mail. Traffic accident reports cost $5.00 per report. In major accidents involving an accident reconstruction, the reports cost **$20.00 per copy. Accident reports can be picked up at the Lake County Sheriff's Office location below:
Lake County Sheriff’s Office
25 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue
Waukegan, IL 60085
Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
**Note: For accident reconstruction reports, it is best to call in advance as the entire report may not be available.
For more information about the Online Accident Report System, please contact the Records Division of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at 847.377.4000.