Request Public Records
While most records are available, there are certain restrictions and exemptions that might preclude an immediate (or any) release of information (e.g., records related to the public has the right to request certain public records from the Sheriff's Office. ), LRS 44:1 et al (Under the Louisiana Public Records Law regarding an ongoing criminal investigations, juvenile records, etc.).
All public records requests MUST be sent in writing by U.S. Mail to the custodian of records at
Grant Parish Sheriff's Office
Custodian of Records
P.O. Box 187
Colfax, Louisiana 71417
To ensure that the Grant Parish Sheriff's Office has sufficient opportunity to respond as required by law, a request will not be deemed received if transmitted by any other method.
When making your request, please be as specific as possible as to what record or data you are asking for. You should note that if the data does not exist in the format that you are requesting, the Sheriff is under no obligation to customize or generate forms to fit your needs. We will make every endeavor to provide the record or data that you are looking for, it just may not be in the exact format that you are seeking.
Please note that in order to inspect, copy or reproduce any public record, the person making the request must be of the age of majority (i.e., 18 years of age).
A public records request allows the person to "view" the record at a place and time designated by the Custodian during normal working hours (unless an exemption is made). The Grant Parish Sheriff's Office hours are typically Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm.
If the person wants a copy of the public record, they are allowed to request copies from the Custodian. Please note that if you request an electronic version of a record or spreadsheet, it will most likely be provided in a format that will not permit the record to be altered once it is provided (i.e., a .pdf file). This is done to protect the integrity of the data. Adobe Reader will be needed to view these files. Adobe Reader can be downloaded for free here.
State laws also allow the Sheriff's Office to charge reasonable fees for public records.
Medical records requests require that this HIPAA form with the inmate's original signature be sent with the request.
Crash reports and initial incident reports, unless privileged as outlined below, can also be obtained, in person, at the Grant Parish Sheriff's Office Records Division located in the Criminal Building at 220 Cedar Street, Colfax, LA 71417. The phone number is 318-627-3261. Requests for these records can also be made here.
Cost of Public Records and Medical Records
Copies of Photos - $3.00 per photo.
Copies of Documents - First ten (10) pages, $35.00. $1.00 per page after ten (10) pages.
Copies of Audio and/or Video - $1.00 per minute plus $10.00 per computer disk.
Actual Cost of Postage to Provide Records - Varies based on quantity to deliver records via USPS or other courier services.
If the custodian authorizes examination of records in other than regular office or working hours, the persons designated to represent the custodian during such examination shall be entitled to reasonable compensation to be paid to them by the public body having custody of such record, out of funds provided in advance by the person examining such record in other than regular office or working hours.
All criminal offense records are generally considered privileged and do not become public record until adjudicated. In certain instances, records falling into the following categories, specified by La. R. S. 44.1 and 44.3, continue to be privileged because of the very nature of the information contained therein after adjudication and shall not be released except in response to a lawful court order:
Supplemental reports (aside from property information)
Reports revealing the identity of undercover officers or any reports that would tend to identify undercover officers
Reports identifying juvenile criminal or status offenders.
Reports identifying in any way victims of sexual offenses
Reports detailing investigative techniques
Reports detailing security procedures
Reports containing training information
Reports detailing investigative technical equipment or instructions on the use thereof
Reports identifying confidential sources
In order to document the release of public information to members of the public, a records release ledger shall be maintained by the Criminal Records Division reflecting the identity (full name, address, date of birth, and driver’s license number) of all persons who are provided public records. This ledger shall also include a document identifying file number (item number), type of report (signal), and number of pages of the released document.
This documentation shall not include the release records or information to governmental entities or the respective representatives to whom documents are released to for purposes of official investigations, prosecutions, etc.