Police Records

Search free public police records, including police reports, log, notes, blotter, bookings, and mugshots.

What are Police Records?

Police records document the details of crimes and criminal activities of particular individuals. When any event takes place at a police department or involving a police officer, he or she makes a record about it. Police records are kept about individuals who have been arrested or charged with crimes. Sometimes the term police record is used to refer to the administrative documents themselves, while other times the phrase only refers to a person's criminal history or background. Police records include reports, intake and visitor logs at police stations and jails, blotters and booking reports, mug shots, descriptions of suspected or charged criminals, and more.

Police records are public records that provide information about a person's criminal behavior. Every citizen has the right to access public police records and read information about someone's criminal history. A police report may serve as proof of someone's trustworthiness, or lack of it, and is often used for employment screenings, tenant checks, and contractor background searches. Although many actions by police officers are recorded in police logs, not all information is public. Sensitive personal information and details that could affect the course of a criminal investigation are kept private. The police records that are available to the public include police reports, warrants, arrests, and some other documents. The police summarize notes from their logs in a police blotter on a weekly basis which is used for follow-ups and may be available online or in local newspapers.

Police Records provide

  1. Historical crime data. Many police registries containing large amounts of data from police reports can be accessed online.
  2. Information about inmate jail records and mugshots. Unless this is sealed, citizens can identify persons charged with a crime by visual means.
  3. Records of 9-1-1 incident reports, including information about all police officers who have been dispatched to handle an incident.
  4. Letters of clearance for employment screenings. These include available information about an individual's criminal history.
  5. Data about traffic checks, crash reports, DUI/DWI interventions and other traffic accidents that required police intervention. These police reports are often necessary for driver's license reinstatement and driving record clearance.

Are there different types of Police Records?

Yes. Police records are classified by the information included in the copy of the report. A police log contains specific information about criminal incidents occurring on a periodic basis, while the police blotter usually organizes smaller documents such as police notes and police logs into a larger database.