Block Summary

What is a Block Summary report?
A block summary is an incident snapshot of a certain area (zone) during a specific time frame.  Most often a person is interested in renting or buying a house in a certain area and we can provide them with a synopsis of all the incidents that occurred in that area during the requested time period.  If we do a zone check it will give a summary of calls that ultimately generated a report. We can also provide block summaries for requestors that are interested in seeing every call for service to an area regardless of whether or not reports were generated.

How much does a Block Summary report cost?
A cost of (15) cents per page will be charged for Block Summary Reports.  Extensive reports and research will incur a special rate depending on the information requested.  The Gainesville Police Department will only release information relating to incidents which occur within the city limits of Gainesville. 

Note:  The City of Gainesville charges (15) cents per page of a Block Summary Report.  Special Service fees will apply when the preparation time for locating requested record, deletion of exempt information, and the copying and refilling of requested records exceed 30 minutes.  The charge for special service fees will be based on the salary of personnel providing the service.  In cases where legal review of a public request is required, the lowest attorney rate, including salary and benefits, will be charged.  The information released is based on departmental and public records guidelines per - F.S.119.07 (1)b

What records are exempt from disclosure?
This is a complicated and ever changing area of the law.  Florida State Statute 119.07 provides for several exemptions.  Some of the more common and general categories of exemptions include:

  1. Investigative information on open criminal investigations.
  2. Criminal intelligence.
  3. Any information including photographs, name, address, or other facts or information which reveal the identity of the victim of the crimes of sexual battery, lewd, lascivious, or indecent assault upon or in the presence of a child, child abuse, or any sexual offense.
  4. Juvenile crime victim information.  

For additional exemptions, you may refer to Florida State Statute Chapter 119.07