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Posted on: December 14, 2017

Changes in accident investigation and reporting at Parsons Police Dept. announced

Public Announcement:  Parsons Police Department  12/13/2017 

City of Parsons community members.  Effective January 1, 2018, the Parsons Police Department will be making two changes.

First, the Parsons Police Department will no longer take courtesy accident reports not mandated by the State of Kansas.

Second, the Parsons Police Department will start using Carfax for accident investigation and reporting.   

This has been a hard decision for our department to make, but after researching and reviewing data and information, I have made the decision to move forward and reallocate our resources to criminal investigations.  Many other departments in numerous states are conducting the same type of research due to the ever-changing demands of law enforcement.  In the last two years, agencies from Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas have shown similar decisions and intentions.  The police department will still take state mandated accident reports such as injury, fatality, roadway property damage over a thousand dollars, etc.  Our intent is to offer a driver exchange form for non-reportable accidents that the drivers can exchange information on scene.  This will not be something the officers will remain on scene for. 

State mandated accident reports will be uploaded to Carfax.  Once uploaded, this will give the insurance company, driver, or owner of a vehicle the opportunity to have 24/7-hour access to the accident report after it has been completed.   A copy of the accident report can still be obtained from our office during the designated business hours.  There is no increase in the cost of the accident report for drivers or owners.

Online copies can be downloaded from crashdocs.org.  This also provides valuable vehicle information to consumers who run Carfax reports.

We appreciate the community support in all our endeavors.

Jason Sharp, Chief of Police
Parsons Police Department
217 N. Central
Parsons, KS 67357

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