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Kansas Arrest Records Search

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How to Look Up Criminal Records in Kansas

The law enforcement agencies collect, manage and maintain all criminal history record checks that include arrest reports for the state. By law, they allow the general public access to these records. In some cases, requestors will need to sign up for an account to get access. The fee is $20 per records search. They only allow searches between 4 a.m. and midnight daily Central Time. The general public can find people who have committed crimes using this system and a simple name search by doing a background check.

Are Kansas Arrest Records Public Records?

Yes, the state of KS allows fee-based access to public criminal history records on their website. You must sign up for an account first though and register. The state's law allows individuals to get copies of someone’s arrest records from the state.

Victims & Offenders by Gender and Race

Offenders by Gender

Victims by Gender

Offenders by Race

Black or African American31%
Native Hawaiian0%
Offenders w/ reported race3,562

Victims by Race

Black or African American20%
American Indian or Alaska Native1%
Native Hawaiian0%
Victims w/ reported race3,765

What Information Does Kansas Criminal Records Report Include?

What Information You Can Find in Kansas Arrest Report?

A Kansas arrest record will show you information like Kansas mugshots, fingerprintsname, address, phone, email, gender, race, age, date of birth, scars, tattoos, height and weight. They also include details of each arrest including the arresting officer’s name, badge number, arresting agency, date, and location of the arrest, the charges filed, the disposition, any fines, fees, bail or bond paid and if there were vehicles involved that information will be on there as well.

Kansas State Police Reports and Mugshots

Are Kansas State Police Reports Public Record?

Kansas police reports are definitely public records. They are readily available from many of the local police departments. Many counties have websites that cover multiple towns and cities. For example, the Kansas City website covers many areas of the state.

They offer police reports to anyone through the front desk. The first five pages are free; then, they charge a fee. They offer three different types of police reports:

  • Offense and accident reports (this includes car crashes, burglary, assault, and other criminal offenses).
  • Driving records which cost $6 each.
  • Criminal history report - they also offer a full criminal history report for $10.

To request any of these types of police reports, you must visit the Kansas City police department and the Records Unit in the lobby. Their address is 700 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas, and they are open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Mugshots Kansas

Kansas mugshots are posted online in a variety of different mediums. The Topeka Capital-Journal, which is an online news magazine, collects mugshots and criminal information and posts it online as a public service. Information brokers and public records database websites also have mugshots available for people arrested and processed in Kansas.

Mugshots are essentially police photographs taken at the time of the arrest. In the late 1800s, photography became a part of the booking process when French policeman Alphonse Bertillon made it part of his station’s arrest procedure and booking. He devised a system of taking two photos, one of the front view of the criminal’s face and another of the side (profile) view. These two images are collectively called a mugshot, and they are used by investigators, witnesses, and victims of crime.

Kansas Arrest Booking Process

Kansas is a large state with many detention facilities to hold arrested persons. The Detention Bureau is the agency in charge of the booking and processing of new inmates. Since courts do not always operate efficiently, jail inmates may wait a few days or weeks before they are released.

During the arrest, the suspect is typically handcuffed and then transported and handed over to the county detention center. Upon arriving they undergo the booking process, which consists of many of the following events:

  • The officers may ask the suspect some questions, taking down basic information. They may note the person’s name, age, gender, race, etc.
  • The person is then fingerprinted.
  • The booking officer will also take their mugshots and add it to the report.
  • If police formally charge the individual, he or she will be searched and placed in a jail cell until their hearing.
  • The suspect may be subject to a medical exam and all their personal belongings will be held.
  • Bail may be set or wait for the judge.

County law enforcement agencies have extensive websites with information on how to contact, visit, and inquire about jail inmates.

Violent Crime Rates for the last 10 years

The crime rate has decreased over the past decade in Kansas, going from 9,710 crimes in 2006 to 8,494 by 8% lower 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.

Kansas Violent Crime Rate Change

Arrest Law

Kansas Arrest Laws

According to the state’s law 22-2401, a law enforcement officer can arrest someone with a legal arrest warrant. They can also arrest someone when they believe an arrest warrant has been issued in the state or another jurisdiction for a felony that has been committed. If an officer has probable cause that a felony or misdemeanor was committed they can arrest someone then too. They can also arrest a person if they believe they are a danger to themselves or others or might tamper with or destroy evidence. They can even arrest someone if they commit any crime in front of them other than a tobacco infraction or driving offense.

Who has a Power of Arrest in Kansas?

Any law enforcement officer with a Kansas warrant, “in pursuit” of a suspect or from another state on an investigation may arrest a person in KS. Federal law enforcement agents in the state may also arrest. Private citizens have the power to arrest if they witness someone committing a crime, or have the knowledge or probable cause that thet did commit a misdemeanor or felony crime.

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

Arrests and convictions for felonies and misdemeanors will stay on a record permanently unless the person applies to have them expunged. Thankfully, all records in KS except for some severe violent crimes can all be expunged. There is a waiting period of 2, 3 or 5 years after a criminal conviction, following completion of their sentence before they can apply for expungement. With arrests and non-convictions, there is no waiting period.

Can you Expunge your Records?

Yes, juvenile records, convictions, and arrest records can all be expunged upon petition to the court in KS. There is no time limit to wait before applying to expunge arrest records. Arrest records can be expunged in the following circumstances:

  • The arrest occurred because of mistaken identity;
  • A court found there was no probable cause for the arrest;
  • You were found not guilty in court proceedings; or
  • The expungement would be in the best interests of justice, and either the charges have been dismissed, or no charges are likely to be filed.

The Arrest Rate in Kansas

Arrest Rate in Kansas

For 2017, 93,650 arrests were completed in the state. Of those, 2,243 were for drug offenses, 8,524 were for DUIs, 2,666 were for liquor violations, 282 were for domestic disputes, 2058 were for disorderly conduct, 256 were for writing bad checks and 34,193 were for a variety of other offenses.

State Offender and Victim Age Group Statistics

Most of the violent crime offenders in Kansas were 20-29 and the largest percentage of violent crime victims were 20-29.

Offender Age

Offenders w/ reported age10,186

Victim Age

Victims w/ reported age9,164

Crime Victim Demographics

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

Location Type

Residence Home5,391
Convenience Store263
Department/Discount Store176
Parking Garage/Lot165

Victim’s Relationship to the Offender

Relationship Unknown1,475
Otherwise Known741

Kansas Arrest Records by Type of Crime

The popular arrests for 2017 in Kansas was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 22,530, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter arrests - with only 65 crimes a year.

Arrest TypeUnder 18All agesTotal arrests
Violent Crime1852,1982,383
Property Crime6834,9585,641
Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter36265

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Crime rate - 3,732
The crime rate in the last 5 years - up by 8%

5 Safest Counties in the Area

A list of 5 counties in Kansas that have the lowest arrest rate in 2017

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