Thursday, November 29, 2007
Record Histories
Q: I was wondering how long does the police department keep records? The reason I was wondering is because about 19 years ago, my father passed away in Georgia and they said it was suicide but I do not believe it and I was wondering what I have to do to investigate this. I have heard a few stories from my family. I need to know the truth and what legal steps should I take to get there. Please help me in right direction of my own personal investigation.

A:It depends upon the type of records. Most records are kept for a period of ten years, with case information stored elsewhere for shorter or longer. Criminal Histories on a person are kept indefinitely. It's hard to say what different agency out of state may do differently. You may wish to hire a private investigator to assist you. Good luck.

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