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Cowlitz County Arrest Records

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Cowlitz County, WA Arrest Records

What are Cowlitz County Arrest Statistics?

Cowlitz County had 1,502 arrests for the last 3 years, in 2017 the arrest rate was 474.52 per 100.000 population which is by 35.79% lower than the National average of 739.02 per 100.000 inhabitants. Among the 2017 arrests 92 were made for violent crime charges. Compared to neighboring county Benton and county Franklin it’s a more dangerous place to live in.

  • 1,502Arrests in the county for the last 3 years
  • 474.52Arrest rate in 2017 per 100.000 population
  • 92Violent crime arrests

Cowlitz County Recent Arrest Trends

Currently, the most popular arrest in Cowlitz is larceny/theft - 186 arrests followed by burglary - 169 and motor vehicle theft - 52 arrests.

  • 186Larceny/Theft
  • 169Burglary
  • 52Motor Vehicle Theft

Violent Crime Arrests vs. Non-Violent

Violent crime in Cowlitz 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 13.08% lower.

Cowlitz County Crime Rate from 2004-2017

Cowlitz County Police Records

Police records exist in different types of law enforcement agencies and in many forms. In most cases, Cowlitz 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 Cowlitz county police reports, Cowlitz 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.

Cowlitz 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 Cowlitz county police records by mail. Contact your local county Sheriff’s Office to inquire about forms and the fees.

Cowlitz County Mugshots

Cowlitz 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.

Cowlitz 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 Cowlitz 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 Cowlitz 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.

Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office

It is situated in Cowlitz county, Washington with a total number of 48 employees - 3 female, 39 male officers and 6 civilians. Cowlitz County SO ORI (Originated Agency Identifier) number is WA0080000, it belongs to the Pacific division in the West region with a region code of Region IV.

  • Agency Name: Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office
  • State: Washington
  • City: Kelso
  • Type: County
  • Address: 312 SW 1st Ave
  • Phone Number: 360-577-3092
  • Fax: 360-423-1047
  • Email:
  • Website:

Police Departments in Cowlitz County

Castle Rock Police Department141 "A" Street SW(360) 274-4711
Kalama Police Department216 Elm St360-673-2165
Kelso Police Department201 South Pacific Ave(360) 423-1270
Longview Police Department1351 Hudson Street360-442-5800

Cowlitz County, WA Jail and Inmate Records

COWLITZ County has 263 jails with an average daily population of 388 inmates with a total of 263 jail population. When breaking down the COWLITZ County jail population by gender, females are a minority compared to male prisoners and make 17% with 44 female and 176 male inmates.

  • 263Jails
  • 263Prisoners
  • 405 %Jail Rate

How Does Cowlitz County Inmate Search Work?

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

Cowlitz County Booking

Cowlitz 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 Cowlitz 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 Cowlitz county booking records without any type of permission .

Cowlitz County Jail

Prisons and Jails in Cowlitz County

Cowlitz County Juvenile Detention Center1725 1st Ave360 577-3101
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