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Requests for records must be addressed to the City's Open Records Officer, and can be submitted by email, fax, mail, or in person. The request should be specific and not seek answers to questions. After filing a request, a response will be issued within five business days.

Act 22 of 2017 (specifically, Chapter 67A of the Act) established a new process for requesting audio and video recordings in the possession of law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania. Act 22 applies to individuals seeking "any audio recording or video recording made by a law enforcement agency." The Right-to-Know Law does not apply to requests for these recordings. You may find additional information about Act 22 here: OOR - Requesting Police Recordings

The City's Open Records Officer is Elizabeth Garcia Caro

City of Allentown
ATTN: Right-to-Know Designee
435 Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18101


Voice: 610.437.7545 / FAX: 610.437.8701

Filing an Appeal

When a request is denied or deemed denial, a requester may file an appeal to the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records. The appeal must be filed within 15 business days of the denial or deemed denial date. The appeal must also include the request, agency denial if one exists, and address agency grounds that the request was denied. An appeals officer will determine if the record(s) is subject to public access.

An appeal may be filed to the Office of Open Records via its Online Appeal Form, email, fax, or in person at:

Office of Open Records
333 Market Street, 16th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101-2234


Voice: 717.346.9903 / FAX: 717.425.5343

When the request is denied or deemed denial, and the request pertains to criminal-investigative records,the appeal must be filed with:

Heather Gallagher, Chief of Administration
Lehigh County District Attorney's Office
455 W. Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18101