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Rhode Island Arrest Records Search

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How to Look Up Criminal Records in Rhode Island

This state keeps all criminal records and makes them available to the general public upon request. All law enforcement agencies feed into the database with Rhode Island arrest records they create during the normal course of business. The records are provided based on a name search. They do not use fingerprint-based searches for the general public’s access to police records.

Are Rhode Island Arrest Records Public?

According to RI Access to Public Records Act (APRA), yes, they do allow public access to arrest and criminal records. The state provides copies of arrest records upon request. If someone uses a government agency, they might have to pay a fee and fill out some paperwork first.

Victims & Offenders by Gender and Race

Offenders by Gender

Victims by Gender

Offenders by Race

Black or African American33%
Native Hawaiian0%
Offenders w/ reported race3,562

Victims by Race

Black or African American23%
Native Hawaiian0%
Victims w/ reported race3,765

What Information Does Rhode Island Arrest Records Report Include?

What Information You Can Find in Rhode Island Arrest Report?

Rhode Island arrest records are informative. Along with general data like name, address, phone, gender, race, height, weight, mug shots, and fingerprints, they will also show someone’s entire arrest history. Each arrest will include the date of the arrest, time, arresting officer’s name, arresting agency, the charges, and disposition. Typically reports also contain booking details, bail or bond posted associated with the charges and any pleas. Sometimes they will also include attorney names, other accomplices and any vehicles, if they were involved.

Rhode Island Police Reports and Mugshots

Are Rhode Island Police Reports Public Record?

Although police reports are public records in Rhode Island, they do not go out of their way to make it easy for you to get them. On the State of Rhode Island, Department of Public Safety website, in the State Police Section, they have a small item that talks about public records requests and how to obtain them. They provide a form to fill out and submit by fax, email, mail, or in person. They also provide specifications for their Public Records Act (APRA governing these records). The information typically contained in a police report is:

  • The date and time of the event.
  • Name and age of the person(s) involved.
  • Details of the incident/crime.
  • Outstanding warrants for the person’s arrest.
  • The police officer involved.
  • Court details of his or her arraignment.
  • Charges brought against them.
  • Bond/bail amount.

Additionally, Rhode Island State Police offer Statewide Uniform Crash Reports for Motor Vehicle Accidents online and through the mail.

Mugshots Rhode Island

Rhode Island mugshots go way back. Alphonse Bertillon, a French policeman, invented them and began using them as a standard part of the booking process in the late 1800s. Other countries soon followed his lead, and all types of law enforcement now use them. They help the public to identify criminals, fugitives, and suspects. A typical mugshot consists of two angles (a full-face shot and a profile shot) and is generally taken against a plain background.

Mugshots in Rhode Island can be found on websites like WPRI Channel 12 News that displays a bunch of recent arrests. Other news and media sites use them to inform the public. Public records repositories also may have them as well as government and state-run websites like inmate databases and arrest blotters.

Rhode Island Arrest Booking Process

Rhode Island police and Sheriffs may arrest you on suspicion of a crime after they witness you committing a crime or with a warrant. Once you are arrested, you will be read your Miranda rights and taken to jail. There you will be processed and booked. The booking process may consist of:

  • A police officer will collect your demographic information like name, address, phone and date of birth.
  • You will be photographed for your mugshots.
  • You will also be fingerprinted.
  • Some suspects will be subject to a full-body search.
  • Possibly a medical exam or mental health screening.
  • All your personal belongings will be confiscated and inventoried and held for you until release.
  • Possibly a DNA swab.

In Rhode Island, if you commit certain crimes, you will not be eligible for bail and must remain in jail until your trial.

Violent Crime Rates for the last 10 years

The crime rate has increased over the past decade in Rhode Island, going from 2,378 crimes in 2006 to 2,386 by 30% 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.

Rhode Island Violent Crime Rate Change

Arrest Law

Rhode Island Arrest Laws

An RI police officer can arrest someone with a valid arrest warrant. They can also arrest someone when they have reasonable cause to believe someone committed or is committing a misdemeanor. If they feel that someone may be a danger to themselves, evidence or others, they can also arrest them for that as well. An officer also has the right to arrest someone for committing a felony if they are aware they committed it, or they have reasonable cause to believe it is being committed.

Who Has a Power of Arrest?

Any peace officer in this state has the power to arrest someone in the state. A peace officer as defined by RI law § 12-7-21, includes state police, park police, capitol police, fire marshals, university police, conservation officers, local police, sheriffs and deputy sheriffs, along with federal law enforcement agents. Prison guards, the warden and other employees of the state prison are also included. Any private citizen may even arrest someone here if they know someone committed a crime or they are witness to one.

How Long Will an Arrest Report Stay on Rhode Island State Records?

Arrest records can stay on an RI state record forever if the offender does not apply to have them removed or they are not eligible to be removed. In the case where the arrest was dismissed, or the person was found not guilty, they can apply to have those records sealed. If they were arrested by mistake due to mistaken identity or some other reason, they could apply to have those records sealed as well. First time offenders of misdemeanors are eligible after a 5-year waiting period to get their records expunged. If someone has multiple misdemeanors, they have to wait ten years before applying.

Can you Expunge Rhode Island Public Records?

Yes. RI offers both sealing and expungement for criminal and arrests records. Arrests that resulted in dismissal or not guilty verdicts are eligible to be sealed. Convictions must be processed via an expungement process. Domestic violence and other serious crimes are not eligible ever for expungement. For felonies, only first-time offenders and non-violent crimes can be expunged from an RI criminal record.

The Arrest Rate in Rhode Island

Arrest Rate in Rhode Island

For the year 2017, RI incurred 21,021 arrests. Of that total, 18,561 were for property crimes, and 2,460 were for violent crimes. The overall crime rate for that year in this state was 19.84 per 1,000 residents out of a population total of 1,059,639.

State Offender and Victim Age Group Statistics

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

Offender Age

Offenders w/ reported age2,057

Victim Age

Victims w/ reported age2,496

Crime Victim Demographics

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

Location Type

Residence Home1,132
Parking Garage/Lot85
Convenience Store70
Drug Store/Doctors Office/Hospital41
Government/Public Building40

Victim’s Relationship to the Offender

Relationship Unknown337
Otherwise Known223
Other Family Member83

Rhode Island Arrest Records by Type of Crime

The popular arrests for 2017 in Rhode Island was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 7,679, 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 11 crimes a year.

Arrest TypeUnder 18All agesTotal arrests
Violent Crime109864973
Property Crime3732,4582,831
Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter11011

Rhode Island Department of Public Safety

Is your State Safer than Rhode Island?

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Rhode Island
Crime rate - 1,949
The crime rate in the last 5 years - up by 30%

5 Safest Counties in the Area

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

CountyCrime Rate
Bristol County817.37
Washington County1,230.62
Kent County1,588.02
Newport County1,724.26
Providence County2,438.45
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