Document Redaction Service – Redaction of Police Records

Document Redaction Service – Redaction of Police Records

Redacting Police Records – FOIA Request

redaction serviceState law dictates what information requires redaction from publicly accessible documents. When redacting police records, there is typically an employee who’s job it is to distinguish that information. The Police Department, like any other public agency, is responsible for complying with public disclosure laws. When releasing police records or criminal reports, the department redacts certain identifiable information such as names, addresses and social security numbers. Criminal reports can be lengthy files and the fields requiring redaction can be numerous. Using a professional redaction service to redact police records is efficient and ensures accuracy.

Choose Global Document Services to help with Redacting Police Records for an FOIA Request

Why use our Redaction Services for Police Records?

Trusting private information to anyone can be difficult, and choosing the right company for your police records redaction service is important. Global Document Services maintains complete security and protection of your sensitive documents and information and we're proud to be a fully HIPAA compliant redaction company.


At Global Document Services, we:

      • are a secure and HIPAA- compliant facility
      • have screened employees and video monitored production areas
      • eliminate all metadata from documents
      • use industry standard software in our process
      • will scan in your non-digitized files, if needed

There are a few processes that on the surface may look like redaction, but are easily reversible and inaccurate document redaction services can be a costly mistake. This results in the exposure of personal information and a lot of problems for the department. For this reason, using a reliable, redaction company with professional software, is a must.

Redacting a PDF Document

After scanning the documents in, our software looks for clues in each PDF document, and flags the sensitive information for review. The clues used by the software are based on a strictly tested rule set and configured by a sample of each document. After a review of the software’s flagged fields, our staff is able to then approve or deny each one. Following this, each redaction is permanently applied to a copy of the document and both files are securely stored. This gives our clients the files in both redacted and non-redacted states which allows them full control over their privacy.

What Should Be Redacted?

Public records or criminal reports can contain pieces of information about individuals and businesses that should be redacted before distribution. Depending on the case in question, these can include details surrounding the incident like dates and locations, or some of the more common pieces below.


  • Drivers’ license numbers
  • Birth dates
  • Social security numbers
  • Credit card numbers
  • Names of minors
  • Law enforcement names
  • Defendant names
  • Maiden names

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