police records


Police and other law enforcement agencies investigating crimes compile a number of different records in criminal cases. These include:

  • arrest and incident reports (which are usually difficult to obtain)
  • logs of arrests and responses to incidents by police (which usually are open to the public)
  • search warrants and coroner's office reports (which also usually are open to public inspection)

Very few criminal records are available on the Internet.

This guide describes for reporters what records are publicly available in criminal cases investigated by police, focusing on California.

Filed under: Public Records