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How to Acquire Your Tradition FL Police Report
Since construction first began in 2003, the master-planned community of Tradition was managed as a Development of Regional Impact (DRI) in Port St. Lucie; under Section 380.06 of the Florida Statutes. Tradition’s DRI designation was assigned due to its “magnitude, and substantial effect upon the health, safety, or welfare of citizens of more than one county.”
In 2006, Tradition was incorporated as an ‘in-city town’ and became a legitimate component of Port St. Lucie; falling under the jurisdiction of the PSL Police Department. Just west of the I-95, Tradition has immediate highway access, with multiple 10-15 minute connections to the Florida Turnpike, and a 1.5-hour drive to Palm Beach International Airport.
The 2017 population of Tradition (7,897) is quite small for an 8,300-acre community, but it lies within the 189,344 population of Port St. Lucie — the 8th largest city in Florida. Coupled with the busy use of I-95 and the Turnpike, and given the emphasis of Tradition servicing the specialty medical and emergency needs of nearby communities, the traffic patterns can occasionally be hazardous.
With traffic accidents causing the majority of personal injuries in our country, insurance carriers fight diligently to minimize their obligations. Having a local law firm with over 35 years’ experience right here on the Treasure Coast can significantly contribute to your outcome. More good news is that your consultation with Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd is free, and you pay nothing until, and unless, we settle your case!
As a public service, Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd is pleased to share this Tradition Police Report resource page with our residents and visitors alike. We have provided you with detailed instructions, acquired directly from the Port St. Lucie Police Department Records Supervisor, to explain everything you should know about the process.
Traffic Accident in Tradition FL? What’s Next?
Once you make your first call to 9-1-1, the agency will dispatch the responder services you need — along with a Port St. Lucie police officer (who has jurisdiction in Tradition). The officer is responsible for oversight of the entire accident’s aftermath, and clearing of wreckage to open the lanes. Also critical for their position is to be accountable for gathering data from the crash scene and all parties involved, as well as any available witness statements.
The investigating officer has 10 business shifts to complete their narrative and submit it to the Port St. Lucie Police Department. It will be reviewed and approved by the commanding officer, at which time the police report becomes an official document. Next, the report enters into the custodial process of the Records Department of the Port St. Lucie Police Department.
Florida Statutes for Custody & Release of Records
‘Confidential’ Tradition Police Reports – First 60 Days
Florida Code of Laws Section 316.066 dictates that traffic crash records are confidential records during “the first 60 days after the date the police report is filed.” Essentially, this means that only ‘exempted parties’ may access these records during the privacy timeline. Persons considered as exempt are limited to those involved in the crash, their legal representatives, insurance carriers, and credentialed media. A sworn statement must be included with these requests, which may be downloaded from the Florida HSMV website.
‘Public Record’ Tradition Police Reports – After 60 Days
Sixty days after the official police report is filed it becomes a public record. As such, the report may be accessed in person or through the online portal. Public records do not require identification or sworn statements. For the clerk to pull the correct document you must have the name of an involved party, the case number, or date and location.
So, who does what, and when, and where is the police report for your Tradition accident? The regulations above, as well as the section below, will allow you to access your report most expeditiously; under Florida law and the Port St. Lucie Police Department’s established processes.
How to Acquire Your Tradition Police Report
The Port of St. Lucie Police Department will be the sole custodian of your Tradition police report, until the end of its as-needed retention period. Contact details for the PSL Police Department are provided below, along with a link to the Records Portal provided by the City of Port St. Lucie:
Port St. Lucie Police Department
Building C, 1st Floor
121 SW Port St. Lucie Boulevard
Port St. Lucie, Florida 34984
Phone: 772-871-5000, option 1 for records
Hours: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Days: Monday – Friday
Using the Records Request PORTAL for Port St. Lucie
Port St. Lucie Police Records Department has streamlined their custodial duties by teaming up with the City of Port St. Lucie to make a public portal available through GovQA. After you click on the link above, the city website will pop up and immediately redirect you to the web app portal. Do be aware that Florida considers email addresses received by the records clerks to be ‘public record.’ However, they will not have access to contact information unless it is included in the body of your content.
Records sent to you through the portal are free, while hard copies are 15-20 cents per page. Once payment is received, the police report will be mailed to you or you have the option to pick it up in person.
During the ‘confidential period’ (first 60 days) you must first establish a portal account with a password. This will allow you to submit requests, and also receive responses through the portal. It is fast and preferred by the clerks, as they process hundreds of records requests each week.
You may also send a request for a ‘public record’ (after 60 days) through the portal in a couple of different ways. An anonymous request may be made if you prefer not to create an account, wherein you will receive an onsite confirmation number which must be used to check-in for all responses. However, if you do set up an account the response will go into your dashboard and you will retain security (unless you specifically include contact information in your request).
Form Directions: Once the Request Form opens, choose ‘police department’ then select ‘traffic crash report’ in the next box. If your request does not include a way to respond; i.e. email, phone number in the content box, the clerk’s reply will go directly to your portal account and you will receive a notification.
Note: If you can provide proof of your eligibility for exemption under the 60-day confidential period, you may purchase your report online for $12.00 at Florida’s new crash portal site.
Why You Need a Tradition FL Traffic Accident Attorney
The development of this incredible 8,300-acre slice of the Treasure Coast has not failed to disappoint. Tradition initially featured plans for 6 residential neighborhoods, parks, lakes, a town square, and retail shopping. It has since become a transformational economic development for Port St. Lucie and the entire state of Florida.
If you have sustained injuries as a result of a Tradition traffic crash, having a local law firm on your side means everything. First established on the Treasure Coast over 35 years ago, Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd knows Tradition and Point St. Lucie inside-out. We operate on the principles that every case is important, and each client deserves personal attention.
Worried about missing wages, medical costs, pain and suffering, juggling insurance carriers — all while just longing to recover what you’ve lost from those at fault? Now is the time to hand over all the phone calls, paperwork, negotiations, and confusion — with no out-of-pocket fees at all. The personal injury attorneys of Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd are only paid from accepted settlements.
Please give us a call at (772) 344-7770, the Port St. Lucie office of Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd!
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