Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Who Called to Complain?
Q: Hello, on July 5th a person in our neighborhood filed a noise complaint against me and my family for shooting very small fireworks off. The Sheriff arrived and immediately saw that it was safe and it was not a big issue. I asked the Deputy who called in the complaint. He said he did not know, but I could call the Sheriffs office and get the name(s) of the person that filed a noise complaint.

When I called today to request that information, I was told yes I would have to fill out a signed request and fax it back to them. After completing the form and faxing it back, I was told they were unsure if they could give out that information, names address’s phones etc., and they would get back to me when they figured out what the law was.

I would like to know what the law is regarding this in Indiana. Do I have the right to know?It seems to me that if someone files a claim for anything against
anyone, that person should have the right to know who it was. Thanks

A: I will answer your question as best I can. Since you live in the county I don't know if the procedures are the same, however if a complaint is called in (say loud noise, etc) and officers are dispatched to investigate, in many cases the caller may not wish to be contacted, so that information for complainant may be listed as "refused". In this case there is no easy way to go back through records to research who this may have been and this information would not be easily available.

In cases where an arrest may be made or for more serious criminal matters, that information may make its way onto a case report, but again, it all depends upon the circumstances. For example if I was called out by a neighbor complaint, but I myself hear the loud music, I would be considered the complainant as I also directly witnessed the violation. You may want to follow up with the County Police to see if their procedures are the same as you do not live in the city.
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