The state of Tennessee offers background checks including criminal and arrest records to the general public upon request. Anyone can request for a Tennessee arrest records search or one that includes public records as well. The state-level report costs $29 and the federal one $50. Requests can be made online or through the mail. They process background checks via name searches however, if it is for the person themselves, then they can send in fingerprints for an exact match.
Yes. This state upholds the Freedom of Information Act by committing to supplying the general public with jail and inmate records information upon request. They charge a small processing fee for state-level reports. They also allow you to order a federal copy from the FBI. From their central records repository, the general public can request copies through the mail and online.
|Black or African American||56%|
|Offenders w/ reported race||3,562|
|Black or African American||45%|
|Victims w/ reported race||3,765|
A typical Tennessee arrest report is packed with information. It should contain details about the arrest such as where it occurred, the date of arrest, mugshots, what agency arrested them, the charges filed, the arresting officer’s information, if any vehicles were involved and the booking details. Additionally, it will include a whole profile for the person arrested with name, age, address, gender, height, weight, as well as other warrant and booking details including fingerprints as well as other police and criminal records associated with this person. At the same time, other court records related to any arrests, fines, convictions, and sentencing will also be on there.
Absolutely. Tennessee police reports are public records, and they are available through each local police department. Some, like the Memphis Police Department, have a specific division called the Central Records Division with a particular location that you can visit to retrieve records. You can also get them via fax or mail. This is what they say about fees:
“The cost for a police report for Tennessee residents is $0.15 a page (ID required). The fee is $15 for non-residents. Photograph CD’s are $10 per accident/incident or $1.50 per photo.”
Some of the information you will find on a police report is:
WBBJ Eyewitness News, Channel 7, has a ton of Tennessee mugshots on their website. They are all from recent arrests. The stylistic design that comprises a Tennessee mugshot is of a suspect in black clothing photographed against a light gray background. Along with newspapers, media outlets, public records repositories, and other websites may also have Tennessee mugshots on them.
The term mugshot comes from the slang “mug,” meaning face back in the 1800s. At the time photography was invented, Alphonse Bertillon, a French policeman, started using police photos as part of the standard booking process. He perfected it, finding just the right lighting, background, and poses, and now the rest of the world uses his template for mugshots. These police photos are widely used in investigations and with victims of crime or witnesses to help identify the culprits.
Tennessee has a different approach to the booking process than many other states. Rather than immediately send the offender to prison or hold them in jail, they are booked and provided with a citation. They must then go directly to court to see the judge, but they avoid temporary incarceration.
However, the normal booking process in Tennessee does include:
Although, in some cases, suspects will be held in jail, many will simply take their citation and sit in the courtroom waiting to be called for their time in front of the judge. The judge can then sentence them, making the entire affair quick and easy. This shortcut system shortens the booking process to only 30–45 minutes. However, it is only available to misdemeanor offenders.
The crime rate has decreased over the past decade in Tennessee, going from 37,109 crimes in 2006 to 35,004 by 7% 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.
A police officer in the current state may arrest someone with a warrant. They may also arrest someone without a warrant when committing a public offense or “breach of the peace threatened in the officer's presence.” If someone commits a felony, not in the presence of the officer, they can arrest them. When an officer believes someone committed a felony they can arrest them. If someone is attempting to commit suicide, the officer may arrest them then. A police officer can also arrest someone at the scene of the traffic accident where he or she believes the person committed an offense.
Any TN peace officer can arrest someone in this state. As defined by TN law, a peace officer is “officer, employee or agent of government who has a duty imposed by law to: maintain public order, make arrests for offenses, whether that duty extends to all offenses or is limited to specific offenses; and investigate the commission or suspected commission of offenses. Peace officer also includes an officer, employee or agent of government who has the duty or responsibility to enforce laws and regulations about forests in this state.”
In some cases, an arrest and criminal record will stay with someone for life. In others, they have the option of applying for expunction of their charges and convictions. When the arrest did not result in any charges or they were dismissed, or the person was found not guilty, those instances can be removed pretty quickly. New laws now allow Class A misdemeanor or Class E felony charges to be expunged as well. Offenders must wait five years following the completion of sentencing before applying though.
Yes. TN does offer residents the possibility of expunction of their arrests and criminal records. There are particular rules regarding what types of charges can be expunged and when. Offenders must wait at least five years before petitioning the court to have their charges removed. Only certain crimes can be expunged. No violent or sex offenses can be removed. They will stay on a criminal record forever.
Tennessee has a reporting tool where you can see up-to-date arrest data. So far for 2019, Tennessee has recorded 2,613 arrests for Group B offenses, and 1,525 for Group A offenses.
Most of the violent crime offenders in Tennessee were 20-29 and the largest percentage of violent crime victims were 20-29.
|Offenders w/ reported age||45,429|
|Victims w/ reported age||46,157|
Residence Home is the place where the majority of crimes in Tennessee were committed, in most of the crime cases the offender was a stranger.
|Other Family Member||1,112|
The popular arrests for 2017 in Tennessee was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 152,595, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Gambling arrests - with only 160 crimes a year.
|Arrest Type||Under 18||All ages||Total arrests|
|Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter||30||358||388|