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What are Maryland Police Records?
The state of Maryland had no official law enforcement agency until 1921, when the first police force was created to handle increasing crimes and traffic in the area. Later, the Maryland State Police was created in 1935, and was organized under the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services in 1970. The force became its own executive department in 1994, and was renamed the Department of State Police one year later.
Divisions of Maryland Police
Modeled after the military's structure, Maryland Police has three main bureaus in which it operates. The Field Operations Bureau includes 23 barracks across the state and encompasses the troopers that interact with the public. This includes traffic and traditional law enforcement responsibilities as well as public events such as car seat checks and food drives. The Bureau also provides a K9 unit, Hostage Recovery Team, Motor Unit, Underwater Recovery Team, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division and Special Events Unit.
The Criminal Investigation Bureau offers the services of the Criminal Enforcement Division, Forensic Sciences Division and Licensing Division. These troopers investigate violent crimes, drug crimes, computer crimes, missing children, vehicle theft and enforce firearms laws.
The Support Services Bureau offers daily support to the troopers in the field across the state. This includes Aviation Command, Central Records Division, Facilities Management Division, Motor Vehicle Division and Quartermaster Division. Services provided by this bureau include materials and management of communications systems and information technology for the Department.
Requesting Maryland Police Records
Maryland police and criminal records are provided through the state Department of Public Safety. Fingerprint cards must accompany any request for a full state background check, and only employers may request a check for another person. The Central Repository may be found at 6776 Reisterstown Road, Suite 102 in Baltimore.
Motor vehicle accident reports and records can also be found at the Maryland Police Central Records Division in Baltimore. The fee is $4, and requests may be mailed or brought in person.
Maryland Arrest Records by Type of Crime
The popular arrests for 2017 in Maryland was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 57,559, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Drunkenness arrests - with only 31 crimes a year.
|Arrest Type||Under 18||All ages||Total arrests|
|Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter||14||286||300|
|Motor Vehicle Theft||639||1,756||2,395|
|Forgery and Counterfeiting||15||423||438|
|Stolen property; buying, receiving, possessing||6||73||79|
|Weapons; carrying, possessing, etc.||598||3,215||3,813|
|Prostitution and Commercialized Vice||8||748||756|
|Sex Offenses (except rape and prostitution)||147||578||725|
|Drug Abuse Violations||1,948||28,992||30,940|
|Offenses Against the Family and Children||9||860||869|
|Driving Under the Influence||45||14,385||14,430|
|All Other Offenses (except traffic)||2,299||55,260||57,559|
|Curfew and Loitering Law Violations||65||65||130|
MD Police Departments by Cities
- Bel Air
- Capitol Heights
- Chevy Chase
- College Park
- District Heights
- Ellicott City
- Fort George G Meade
- Fort Meade
- Gibson Island
- Havre De Grace
- La Plata
- North East
- Ocean City
- Pocomoke City
- Port Deposit
- Prince Frederick
- Princess Anne
- Rising Sun
- Rock Hall
- Snow Hill
- Takoma Park
- Temple Hills
- University Park
- Upper Marlboro