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Berrien County Arrest Records

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Berrien County, MI Arrest Records

What are Berrien County Arrest Statistics?

Berrien County had 2,069 arrests for the last 3 years, in 2017 the arrest rate was 458.41 per 100.000 population which is by 37.97% lower than the National average of 739.02 per 100.000 inhabitants. Among the 2017 arrests 137 were made for violent crime charges. Compared to neighboring county Calhoun and county Clinton it’s a more dangerous place to live in.

  • 2,069Arrests in the county for the last 3 years
  • 458.41Arrest rate in 2017 per 100.000 population
  • 137Violent crime arrests

Berrien County Recent Arrest Trends

Currently, the most popular arrest in Berrien is larceny/theft - 391 arrests followed by burglary - 140 and aggravated assault - 93 arrests.

  • 391Larceny/Theft
  • 140Burglary
  • 93Aggravated Assault

Violent Crime Arrests vs. Non-Violent

Violent crime in Berrien County is considered rape and sexual assault, robbery, and assault. For the recent years the violent crime rate has increased but not the non-violent crime rate. Compared to the national average of - 100.65 per 100.000 people the overall violent crime rate for the county is by 11.62% lower.

Berrien County Crime Rate from 2004-2017

Berrien County Arrest and Criminal Records by Age

Most of the county arrests fall into 21-30 age group whereas the least arrests are seen between people who are 71-80 years old.

Berrien County Crime Rate by Age Groups

Berrien County Police Records

Police records exist in different types of law enforcement agencies and in many forms. In most cases, Berrien county police reports may be found from the local county Sheriff’s Office. You can appear in person and request copies as county police records are available to the general public per the state laws and the Freedom of Information Act. These records may include Berrien county police reports, Berrien county bookings and even mugshots. These records are related to when someone is arrested, booked, and jailed. First, they are questioned, and basic information is taken while officers fills out the report. Then they takes mugshots of the suspect, and they are put in a jail cell until they can make bail the fees. Some counties may charge a fee for a copy of police records. You may have to visit in person and may need to have the following information for them to find your file:

  • Date and time of the occurrence
  • The location of the incident
  • Name(s) of those involved
  • Officer’s name and rank
  • Case number

This will help the officer find the documents you need.

Berrien county police records can provide a lot of information about a suspect. A good example of police record might be a traffic accident report. Some records are available to the public after a waiting period, such as 60-days.

Sometimes you can order copies of Berrien county police records by mail. Contact your local county Sheriff’s Office to inquire about forms and the fees.

Berrien County Mugshots

Berrien County mugshots have been used since the 1800s, shortly after the invention of photography. Then in 1888, a French police officer Alphonse Bertillon standardized the process and made it the norm. Groups of these mugshots are kept in a “mug book” to help witnesses and victims identify criminals.

Berrien county mugshots are the photographs taken of suspects upon arrest. Local police, Sheriff’s Offices, and other law enforcement agencies take them. Typically , the subject is photographed from the front (full-face view) and then the side (profile view). These Berrien county mugshots are filed with the person’s criminal record and police reports. They are used by victims, witnesses, and investigators to identify criminals guys.

Additionally , when a judge issues an Berrien county arrest warrant for other purposes , and the person does not show up in court, these mugshots are used to help find the suspect.

Mugshots are readily available online as they are public records. Information brokers portals offer mugshots with other types of public records such as criminal records, arrest records and other court cases.

Felonies, Misdemeanors, and Sex Offenders

Police and arrest records will also contain on felonies, misdemeanors, and sex offenders. Since everything is computerized available and connected, any past incidents will show up as well.

Police Departments in Berrien County

Benton Harbor Police Department200 Wall St(269)927-8436
Bridgman Police Department9765 Maple Street(269) 465-3891
Buchanan Police Department720 E. Front Street Suite B269-695-5120
Eau Claire Police Department6625 EAST MAIN STREET269-461-4111
New Buffalo Police Department224 W. Buffalo St269-469-1593
Watervliet Police Department158 W Pleasant St269-463-5112

Berrien County, MI Jail and Inmate Records

BERRIEN County has 341 jails with an average daily population of 455 inmates with a total of 341 jail population. When breaking down the BERRIEN County jail population by gender, females are a minority compared to male prisoners and make 15% with 50 female and 271 male inmates.

  • 341Jails
  • 341Prisoners
  • 348 %Jail Rate

How Does Berrien County Inmate Search Work?

Berrien County inmate records are public records that anyone can review easily. The Freedom of Information Act governs the availability of regarding Berrien county inmate records which provide a lot of useful information about a person.

Berrien County Booking

Berrien county bookings are also helpful when looking for information on whether or not someone has been arrested. When a suspect is arrested, the officer fills out forms and then holds them in a jail , which essentially becomes their Berrien county booking record. It may also include things like fingerprints, mugshots , physical details, their name, and address, arresting officer , the details of the crime, the location, and any vehicles that were involved. The general public has the right to review a copy of someone’s Berrien county booking records without any type of permission .

Berrien County Jail

  • Agency Name: Berrien County MI Jail
  • State: MI
  • City: St. Joseph
  • Type: County
  • Address: 919 Port Street
  • Phone Number: 269-983-7141 ext 7777
  • Fax: 269-982-8619
  • Email:
  • Website:

Prisons and Jails in Berrien County

Berrien County MI Juvenile Center6414 Dean's Hill Road269-471-2831
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