Iowa State Patrol: Department of Public Safety
Iowa State Patrol
Crash and Incident Report Web Site
FAQ's
  1. What is the difference between the minimal report and the full report?
    The minimal report is called into the State Patrol Communications Center by the Trooper shortly after a major Incident or Crash has occurred. The information within the minimal report will be just enough information to explain what occurred. The full report has much more detail and can include a diagram in Crash report.

  2. How is this information posted?
    Currently about 2/3 of Iowa's State Patrol cars have in-car computers. Troopers with computers enter Crash and Incident data into their computers. This information is then uploaded to a main database. Once approved by a supervisor, the information is electronically posted. The remaining 1/3 of the Troopers, fill out hand written reports. These are then manually entered into the main database by support staff at each district.

  3. What is the time frame to get information to the website?
    Please refer to the Reporting Timeline
    Because not all Troopers have In-Car computers and they might work a great distance from their District Office, the time frame will vary. Troopers with In-Car computers may have the information to the web site immediately after the investigation is concluded. Otherwise, Troopers still submitting the information on paper to the District Office for entry into the database can delay the process by several days before posting to the web site.

  4. Is there any cost to user of this website?
    This website is being provided to Iowan's at no charge. Funds were provided for this project by a DAS/ITE Technology Grant and out of the Iowa State Patrols operating budget.

  5. How much does it cost to install a computer in a patrol car?
    It currently costs approximately $8,000 to equip a patrol car with a rugged laptop computer, printer, scanner for drivers' license and all of the mounting equipment. Those currently in service which are over 6 years old will need to be replaced in coming months.

  6. What information will not be provided?
    Chapter 22 of the Iowa Code (link to chapter 22) requires law enforcement to provide the date, time, specific location, and immediate facts and circumstances surrounding a crime or incident. The Iowa Attorney General has advised the word "immediate", as used in the phrase "immediate facts and circumstances" to mean information that has a direct and relevant relationship to the facts and circumstances of an accident or incident. As such, information such as dates of birth, home phone numbers, social security numbers etc. will not be provided. Additionally, no information will be disclosed that would plainly and seriously jeopardize an investigation or pose a clear and present danger to the safety of an individual.

  7. Will information still be available at each District office for those who do not have access to the internet?
    YES. Hard copies of this information will be available for inspection at each district office. Information will be relevant to that district only and can be viewed during normal business hours.
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