Public Information Requests

Beginning September 1, 2015, the Texas Christian University (TCU) Police Department will make Police Department records that relate solely to law enforcement available to the public pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act (PIA), Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, as amended by Senate Bill 308, unless the records are exempt from disclosure by the PIA or other law.

Procedure

The TCU Police Department is responsible for maintaining all records related solely to law enforcement subject to disclosure under the PIA.  The Police Department is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and closed on weekends and University holidays.

All requests submitted to the Police Department under the PIA must be in writing and can be made as follows:

In Person (during normal business hours)
TCU Police Department
3025 Lubbock
Fort Worth, Texas 76129

By Mail
Texas Christian University Police Department
TCU Box 298230
Fort Worth, Texas 76129

By Fax
817-257-7715
Attn: Robert Rangel

By Email
publicinformationact@tcu.edu

All correspondence must be clearly marked “Public Information Request.”  Be sure to include:

  • Your name
  • Your mailing address
  • Your phone number
  • A list/description of the records you need, preferably with dates.  The more accurate and specific you can be, the faster the records can be located.

The Police Department will review all written requests for public records and respond to the requestor within 10 business days.  In response to a request, the Police Department may

  • Inform the requestor if the information cannot be provided promptly and set a date and time to provide it within a reasonable time;
  • Request a ruling from the Office of the Attorney General of Texas regarding any information the TCU Police Department wishes to withhold from public disclosure as allowed under the PIA, and send a copy of the request for ruling, or a redacted copy, to the requestor; or
  • Segregate public information from information that may be withheld by law and provide the public information promptly.

The requestor will receive a written statement of estimated charges when the charges will exceed $40, in advance of work being started, and have the opportunity to modify the request in response to the itemized statement.  Fees will be calculated in accordance with Section 70.3 of the Texas administrative code.  The requestor can choose whether to inspect the requested information being made available at the TCU Police Department during regular business hours at no cost, or receive or make copies of the records for a fee as may be allowed by law.  If you have any questions, contact Robert Rangel at 817-257-7930.

Additional information on the PIA and Senate Bill 308 can be found at the following links:

Texas Government Code, Chapter 552
Texas Senate Bill 308
Public Information Handbook 2014 (PDF)