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Vermont Arrest Records Search

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How to Look Up Arrest Records in Vermont

VT offers the general public access to criminal and arrest records. They have a central database that all law enforcement records are fed into. Any citizen can request copies through the mail or in person. Each Vermont arrest record request costs $30, and the requestor will need the name and date of birth of the person in question. If they order by mail, processing can take up to 5-7 business days. In person orders generally, take 10 minutes. Anyone can also access government resources to find these same public records online. The cost of online state records is the same, $30 per request.

Are Vermont Arrest Records Public?

Yes. According to the Freedom of Information Act, VT offers the general public copies of arrest records and criminal records upon request. Each record costs $30, but people can obtain the required public information  through the mail, in person or online. Each request is processed using a name-based search. The state repository does not offer certified copies of reports.

Victims & Offenders by Gender and Race

Offenders by Gender

Victims by Gender

Offenders by Race

Black or African American11%
American Indian or Alaska Native0%
Native Hawaiian0%
Offenders w/ reported race3,562

Victims by Race

Black or African American5%
American Indian or Alaska Native0%
Native Hawaiian0%
Victims w/ reported race3,765

What Information Does Vermont Arrest Records Report Include?

What Information You Can Find in Vermont Arrest Report?

Vermont arrest records will show crime information about the arrest such as where it occurred, the date of arrest, what agency arrested them, the mugshots, the charges filed, the arresting officer’s information, if any vehicles were involved and the booking details. Additionally, they will show a general profile for the person arrested with name, age, address, gender, height, weight, and more. Typically, a report will also show other warrant and booking details including fingerprints as well as other police and criminal records associated with this person. At the same time, court records related to any arrests, fines, convictions, and sentencing may be on there too.

Vermont Police Reports and Mugshots

Are Vermont Police Reports Public Record?

Yes. Vermont is highly proactive when it comes to transparency. According to Vermont’s Public Records Act, they offer police reports and incident information freely to the general public while also protecting ongoing investigations and personal privacy. On the Vermont State Police website, they have an extensive section which talks about how to obtain a police report by contacting the barrack commander and how the media can get ahold of press releases. They also use social media to post news of recent incidents and have a special public information officer who handles special requests.

The information contained in most Vermont police reports will include:

  • The incident date and time.
  • The barracks who handled the call.
  • The type of call/crime such as robbery.
  • The address/location of the event.
  • A summary description of what happened.
  • The names of all people involved.
  • Information about the result (was anyone arrested?).
  • The trooper in charge of the case and his or her phone number.

Vermont Mugshots

Vermont mugshots are also readily available. Sometimes they show up on the news such as with, a Vermont news magazine. They post them freely as do other media sources, public records websites, and government or law enforcement sites. The state and local police in Vermont have a policy allowing them to supply mugshots to anyone who requests them. Vermont mugshots consist of an arrested person in plain clothes against a gray background. They are widely used by investigators and to identify suspects to witnesses and victims.

Mugshots in the U.S. originated in the late 1800s. The first mugshots came from France; after a policeman, Alphonse Bertillon perfected the use of them with the booking process. Other countries soon adopted the procedure. Typically, they include two shots, one from the front and one from the side.

Vermont Arrest Booking Process

Vermont police officers and troopers may arrest someone who they witness committing a crime. They can also arrest someone based on an arrest warrant or with probable cause. Once they arrest a suspect, they deliver them to the police station or jail for processing. Here, the suspect will be booked into the system. Vermont’s booking process consists of:

  • A booking police officer will take down the suspect’s name, date of birth, address, and other non-case-related details for the paperwork.
  • The suspect may be searched thoroughly, and their personal belongings will be removed and held for them.
  • The police will take mugshots of the person and fingerprint them.
  • A nurse or medical professional may give them an exam.
  • The officer on duty will then place them in a jail cell to wait.

Most Vermont offenders will wait in jail until their initial hearing with the judge or they pay their bail or bond.

Violent Crime Rates for the last 10 years

The crime rate has increased over the past decade in Vermont, going from 552 crimes in 2006 to 692 by 27% 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.

Vermont Violent Crime Rate Change

Arrest Law

Vermont Arrest Laws

VT police officers can arrest someone with a valid warrant. They can also arrest someone without a warrant when in fresh pursuit of a suspect they believe committed a crime. They can also arrest someone when they witness them committing a, or a felony has been committed, and they believe the suspect did it.

Who Has a Power of Arrest?

All VT police officers can arrest someone in the state. Officers from other states can also arrest someone when in fresh pursuit and crossing state lines as stated in the law as: “A sheriff, deputy sheriff, constable, or other officer or justice of a neighboring state, with his or her assistants, in the execution of any lawful process issuing from and returnable to a court in such state, may pass through this State and convey such persons or things as he or she may have in his or her custody by virtue of such process.” Private citizens may also arrest someone when they witness a crime or know that someone committee one.

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

Some criminal convictions and arrests will stay on a Vermont criminal record forever. Only a selection of crimes is eligible for expungement and sealing. The offender must first complete their sentence and then wait either two or five years before applying to have them removed. They must also comply with a list of regulations, pay all fines, fees, and other charges before applying. If they were arrested but never charged, those crimes are much easier to get removed.

Can you Expunge Vermont Public Records?

Yes, VT offers criminals both expungement and sealing of their criminal records. There are specific waiting periods that must be allowed first, and then offenders can pay a fee and apply to get them removed. As a general rule, federal offenses and DUIs cannot be removed ever and will stay on their record for life.

The Arrest Rate in Vermont

Arrest Rate in Vermont

For the last year tallied, 2016, VT made 5,960 arrests. Of that total, 469 were juveniles and the remainder, 5,478 were adults. The majority of arrests for that year (4,101) were committed by males and the rest females.

State Offender and Victim Age Group Statistics

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

Offender Age

Offenders w/ reported age902

Victim Age

Victims w/ reported age1,027

Crime Victim Demographics

Residence Home is the place where the majority of crimes in Vermont were committed, in most of the crime cases the offender was an acquaintance.

Location Type

Residence Home664
Convenience Store54
Parking Garage/Lot34
Drug Store/Doctors Office/Hospital13
School Elementary/Secondary12

Victim’s Relationship to the Offender

Otherwise Known140
Relationship Unknown68
Other Family Member34

Vermont Arrest Records by Type of Crime

The popular arrests for 2017 in Vermont was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 4,817, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Arson arrests - with only 20 crimes a year.

Arrest TypeUnder 18All agesTotal arrests
Violent Crime51664715
Property Crime1371,6831,820
Aggravated Assault36561597

State of Vermont Department of Public Safety

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Crime rate - 2,197
The crime rate in the last 5 years - up by 27%

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