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Alaska Arrest Records Search

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How to Look Up Criminal Records in Alaska

Arrest records pertain to documents created when someone is taken into custody, detained, questioned, or charged with a crime. According to the Public Records Act, the public has the right to search, view and keep copies of publicly accessible records including arrest records. Alaska arrest records are kept online and can be searched for with the person’s name. To do a background check,  is helpful if to have other information like their birthdate, the date of the incident and arresting officer information. If the arrest resulted in a conviction, then the case number and court docket number are helpful.

Are Arrest Records Public Records in Alaska?

Yes. The Criminal Records and Identification Bureau (R&I) is tasked with maintaining all arrest records for the state, and they are made available to the public through a variety of methods.

What Information Does Alaska Criminal Records Report Include?

What Information You Can Find in Alaska Arrest Report?

Arrest records for someone in AK contain a lot of useful information. They include arrest records include booking details, the date of arrest and location, the charges filed, the arresting officer and may contain information about any vehicles. There will also be profile information like name, date of birth, address, age, gender, physical description and even see Alaska mugshots. The report may include information on their education, marital status, other criminal records, and court documents as well as outstanding warrants in their name. By doing an Alaska warrant search, you can find jail records as well.

Alaska Police Reports and Mugshots

Are Alaska Police Reports Public Record?

Police reports in Alaska are also called “Daily Dispatch Reports.” They are public records and anyone can view them easily merely by searching online on the government’s website. The information contained within each report may vary, but most will include the following:

  • The date and time of the incident.
  • Details of the crime/incident (sometimes it might be a response to a complaint or request).
  • The name of the suspect or person involved.
  • The person’s age and where they are from.
  • How the officer(s) handled the situation (was the person arrested, given a warning or left alone).
  • Other warrants out for the person’s arrest.
  • The jail or other location they were taken to.
  • The police department that responded to the call.
  • Bail/bond details if available.
  • The charges filed against the suspect.

You can also visit or contact a police department directly to obtain details about any incident or get a copy of a police report. Some examples are a domestic disturbance, checking on an older family member to see if they are okay, traffic violations, drug busts, and serving an arrest.

Alaska Mugshots

The state of Arizona does consider mugshots to be public record. However, they also have strict privacy laws, and the Anchorage Police Department will not release them to the public. They say because they are the property of the State of Alaska and they don’t take their own photos, the DMV does. Mugshots that relate to crimes processed through the Anchorage Police Department are kept private. However, all other police departments in the state take their own mugshots and do offer them as public records.

Mugshots originated in the late 1880s after photography was invented, and a police officer named Alphonse Bertillon, made it a regular practice. Typically, the suspect is photographed twice. Once from the front to get a clear picture of the face, then again from the side (profile) angle. These mugshots are used by witnesses, victims, and other investigators to identify criminals. Mugshots are part of the normal booking process after someone has been arrested.

Alaska Arrest Booking Process

Regardless of whether Alaska police officers apprehend a suspect that they have an active warrant on, or they arrest someone after they commit a crime, the booking process is the same.

  • Usually, the suspect will be handcuffed and taken to the police station.
  • Upon arrival, they will be questioned. They have the right to remain silent and speak with a lawyer, but the officers try to get at least basic information (name, address, phone number, relatives’ info, etc.) from them.
  • They are then photographed for mugshots.
  • Paperwork is filled out and the suspect is put in a jail cell.
  • An officer may initiate a bond/bail process if requested, and the bail or bond amount will be set.

The suspect will remain in jail until their hearing (where they appear before a judge) or someone pays their bond or bail.

Violent Crime Rates for the last 10 years

The crime rate has increased over the past decade in Alaska, going from 3,476 crimes in 2006 to 4,883 by 38% higher than it was back in 2006. The largest percentage of violent crimes falls into the Aggravated Assault category, with Revised Rape being the least popular crime in the state.

Alaska Violent Crime Rate Change

Arrest Law

Alaska Arrest Laws

AK calls their police professionals peace officers, and they are the ones responsible for arresting people who break the law in the state. A peace officer can arrest someone in AK with an arrest warrant. They can also arrest someone without a warrant if they witness them committing the crime. If they have reasonable cause to believe someone has a committed a felony even if they didn’t observe it, they can arrest them also. If they are aware of someone committing a felony they can arrest them. If an officer suspects someone of committing a domestic violence crime, a misdemeanor or felony, they can detain them for questioning. If someone violates a domestic protective order or probation, an officer can arrest them as well.

Who has a Power of Arrest in Alaska?

Any peace officer or state trooper that witnesses a crime can arrest someone in AK. State law enforcement agencies such as federal and state officers can also arrest someone for suspicion of committing a crime in AK. Judges and magistrates have the power to initiate an arrest warrant, but only peace officers and private citizens have the right to arrest someone. When private citizens, initiative a “citizens arrest,” they must follow the same guidelines detailed above that peace officers must obey.

How Long Will an Arrest Report Stay on your Alaska State Records?

The state keeps criminal records including arrests for varying lengths of time. Misdemeanors are generally on file for only about two years. Some felonies are on file for between 5-10 years, and others are kept permanently. Those offenses that are of a violent nature are usually held on record forever in the archives.

Can you Expunge your Records?

AK does not allow expunging of criminal records including arrests. However, if there is an error on someone’s record, they can apply to the Department of Public Safety to have it corrected. Additionally, in some cases, the state will allow them to request that their records be sealed. Again, they must contact the Alaska Department of Public Safety to apply.

The Arrest Rate in Alaska

Arrest Rate in Alaska

For the last year calculated, AK incurred 1875 violent arrests per 100,000 residents. Of all the violent crimes, men committed 100% of rapes, 85% of murders, 84% of robberies and 79% of aggravated assaults. The average age of someone arrested in AK is 18-24. More than 46% of those arrested in AK are white, 36% are Native American, 12% are Black, and 5% are Asian. 60% of the arrests in AK were for manslaughter, 63% were aggravated assault, and 79% were robbery. Males age 65 or older were the lowest age group arrested.

Alaska Arrest Records by Type of Crime

The popular arrests for 2017 in Alaska was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 10,909, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Prostitution and Commercialized Vice arrests - with only 6 crimes a year.

Arrest TypeUnder 18All agesTotal arrests
Violent Crime1642,3742,538
Property Crime4593,6954,154
Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter14647

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