Public Information Request

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The Office of the City Secretary oversees requests for public information.  The City has up to ten (10) business days in which to respond to your request, pursuant to the Public Information Act, but will make every effort to process your request as soon as possible following receipt.

The request must ask for records or information already in existence. The Public Information Act does not require a governmental body to create new information, to do legal research, or to answer questions.
(A Preface to the Public Information Handbook 2016, page i).

For Information Requests

Including Police Records Requests

Request Online


Preferred Method

Request for Public Information Online with NextRequest


Alternate Methods

Please be advised any requests received via email or in person will be entered into NextRequest upon receipt.

By Mail & Email

 By Email



In Person

In Person
Government Records

City Secretary
555 Walnut Street
Abilene, Texas 79601

In Person

In Person
Police Records

APD Records Division
4565 South 1st. Street
Abilene, Texas 79605

Information to be included in your request 

  • Requestor's Name
  • Requestor's Address
  • Requestor's Email Address
  • Requestor's Telephone Number
  • Date of Request
  • Date of the incident or document in question for which
    you seek information
  • The specific name of the business or individual you are seeking information about. If you do not have specific information then explain the facts surrounding your request that will help us to narrow the scope of the search.
  • Where you would like your response sent

Required Itemized Estimate of Charges

Pursuant to the Public Information Act, Tex. Gov't Code Chapter 522.2615, if a request for a copy of public information will result in the imposition of a charge that exceeds $40.00, or a request to inspect a paper record will result in the imposition of a charge under 552.271 that exceeds $40.00, the governmental body shall provide the requestor with a written itemized statement that details all estimated charges that will be imposed, including any allowable charges for labor or personnel costs. If an alternative less costly method of viewing the records is available, the statement must include a notice that the requestor may contact the governmental body regarding the alternative method.

The basic charge for copies of public information is currently $.10 cents per page, $3.00 per DVD, and $1.00 per CD. Voluminous requests may also result in personnel costs, currently a flat rate of $15.00 per hour, and overhead, charged at 20% of the total personnel costs for the request. The Office of the Attorney General has published a handbook interpreting the Texas Public Information Act. This handbook may be accessed online.*

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