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Indiana Arrest Records Search

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How to Look Up Criminal Records in Indiana

IN state and local law enforcement agencies handle all criminal information including arrest data for the state. They offer a few different options for arrest records. The first is someone’s limited criminal history, which includes only arrests in this state. This search is a name-based search. To obtain, the individual will need someone’s name and date of birth. The second type is a fingerprint-based search, and this will include a complete criminal background check but not federal crimes. Then they offer a national criminal history through fingerprints, which will give the requestor the person’s entire arrests, charges, and dispositions.

Are Indiana Arrest Records Public?

Yes. Indiana arrest records are publicly accessible. The state has a dedicated website where someone can choose from a variety of methods to search for and find criminal records including arrests. They offer both name and fingerprint searches. Each report, however, includes different information.

Victims & Offenders by Gender and Race

Offenders by Gender

Victims by Gender

Offenders by Race

Black or African American42%
Native Hawaiian0%
Offenders w/ reported race3,562

Victims by Race

Black or African American20%
Native Hawaiian0%
Victims w/ reported race3,765

What Information Does Indiana Criminal Records Report Include?

What Information You Can Find in Indiana Arrest Report?

Along with general information like name, address, phone, race, gender, height, weight, physical description, tattoos, scars, fingerprints and mugshots, a typical arrest report will show someone’s arrests, charges, convictions, incarcerations, court appearances, bail, bond, fines, and fees paid. Often, they include the date of arrest, arresting officer’s name, place of arrest, arresting agency, booking details, and vehicle information if any are related to the charges.

Indiana Police Report and Mugshots

Are Indiana Police Reports Public Record?

Definitely. Police reports in Indiana are public records. The local police and state police keep their own records, but the state website ( handles requests for copies. Police call these “Incident Reports.” When you call or visit to request a copy of an incident report, you will need some information. It’s a good idea to have:

  • The date of the event.
  • The time and location of the incident.
  • Some details about the type of incident that occurred.
  • The names of the people who were involved.

Some of the types of incidents you can find in these reports are robbery, assault, burglary, drunk driving, or a service activity (found property, natural death, located runaway.

The Indiana government website provides incident reports between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. They cost.04 cents per page.

Additionally, the Indiana State police sell crash reports for a fee. You can contact them directly to purchase one.

Indiana Mugshots

Mugshots date back to the 1800s when photography was in its infancy. Mugshots were used to document the suspect or criminal’s features visually and to help witnesses and victims identify perpetrators. A French policeman named Alphonse Bertillon made mugshots a part of the standard booking procedure. The term mugshot comes from an old slang word “mug” for the face. Typically, mugshots include a side view (profile) and a front view (full face). They are shot from the shoulders up on a nondescript background.

Indiana mugshots are used as part of the arrest and booking process. Mugshots are readily available and can be found online pretty easily. News outlets and radio stations often post a police blotter with recent arrests, including mugshots of the suspects. Mugshots can also be found on information portals and public records databases.

Indiana Arrest Booking Process

People who are arrested in Indiana will be taken to the local county jail or nearby holding center. Upon arriving at the jail or holding center, they will be put through the booking process. It can take up to 8 hours or more to be processed into the system. Some of the things that will occur are:

  • Paperwork needs to be filled out so police will question the suspect.
  • The person will also be fingerprinted.
  • Someone will take mugshots of them.
  • They will be thoroughly searched, and their personal belongings confiscated and held for them.
  • They may receive a medical examination.
  • If they are drunk or on drugs, they will be held in a confined room until they sober up.
  • They may be given jail attire to wear.
  • The suspect will be placed in a jail cell.
  • Bail may or may not be set.

Each case is different, but most will stay in jail until their hearing, or they can make bail.

Violent Crime Rates for the last 10 years

The crime rate has increased over the past decade in Indiana, going from 16,282 crimes in 2006 to 19,528 by 20% 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.

Indiana Violent Crime Rate Change

Arrest Law

Indiana Arrest Laws

Per IN arrest laws, a police officer may arrest someone when they are in possession of a legal arrest warrant. They can also arrest someone that they have probable cause to suspect of committing a crime, or already has committed a crime. They can even arrest someone in the process of committing a crime if they witness it or it is reported to them. If a police officer suspects someone of committing a battery or domestic abuse they can arrest someone on those grounds. If someone is carrying a handgun without a permit in this state, police can also arrest you. Other reasons are transporting dangerous devices, a threat to national security and also interference with a criminal investigation.

Who has a Power of Arrest?

Police officers may arrest someone in this state. Full-time law enforcement officers who are given the power of a police officer who is authorized to carry a gun and empowered with the right to arrest, can also arrest someone in this state. Additionally, IN law states “Any person may arrest (the taking of a person into custody, that he may be held to answer for a crime) any other person if: the other person committed a felony in his presence; a felony has been committed, and he has probable cause to believe that the other person has committed that felony; or a misdemeanor involving a breach of peace is being committed in his presence and the arrest is necessary to prevent the continuance of the breach of peace. A person making an arrest, under this section shall, as soon as practical, notify a law enforcement officer and deliver custody of the person arrested to a law enforcement officer …”

How Long Will an Arrest Report Stay on Indiana Criminal Records?

Unless they apply to have their state records expunged or sealed, an offender’s criminal convictions and arrests will stay on their criminal history forever. They must wait one year after an arrest that did not result in a conviction to apply to have it expunged. If they have a misdemeanor conviction, they must wait five years to apply for expungement and if it included violent crime, drug charges or sex offense they cannot have it removed. The same goes for felony offenses, but they must wait eight years before applying to have those removed.

Can you Expunge your Records?

Yes. However, IN has a strict code of laws governing expungement, and everyone must follow the guidelines by waiting for the appropriate period and then petitioning the court. If the person has specific offenses like violent charges, sex offense or drug-related convictions, then they may not be able to get them removed. If they have too many on their record, again, that may impede them from getting them expunged.

The Arrest Rate in Indiana

Arrest Rate in Indiana

For the last year calculated, 2016, IN totaled 143,554 arrests for the year. Of that total 12,420 were committed by people under the age of 18. The state completed 7,323 violent crimes that year. Property crime accounted for 19,954 of the total. Two hundred four law enforcement agencies supplied data for these totals in that year.

State Offender and Victim Age Group Statistics

The largest percentage of violent crime victims were 20-29.

Victim Age

Victims w/ reported age990

Crime Victim Demographics

Residence Home is the place where the majority of crimes in Indiana were committed, in most of the crime cases the offender was a relationship unknown.

Location Type

Residence Home577
Parking Garage/Lot68
Gas Station29
Convenience Store29
Specialty Store13

Victim’s Relationship to the Offender

Relationship Unknown516
Otherwise Known92

Indiana Arrest Records by Type of Crime

The popular arrests for 2017 in Indiana was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 51,576, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Suspicion arrests - with only 42 crimes a year.

Arrest TypeUnder 18All agesTotal arrests
Violent Crime8428,3459,187
Property Crime2,72417,54620,270
Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter17182199

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Crime rate - 3,828
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