Nebraska's statewide police force is the Nebraska State Patrol, which was created in 1937. There are six troop locations throughout the state, including Lincoln, Omaha, Norfolk, Grand Island, North Platte and Scottsbluff. The force employs more than 700 officers and civilians.
The Nebraska State Patrol oversees issuance of concealed handgun permits, suspicious activity reports, traveler information and Amber Alerts.
Divisions of Nebraska Police
The main divisions of the Nebraska State Patrol include the Office of the Superintendent, Field Services, Investigative Services and Administrative Services. The Office of the Superintendent oversees the Capitol security for the state's governor and executive branch of government, Information Technology for the force, Public Information Office and Professional Standards.
The Field Services Division includes Aviation Support, Carrier Enforcement, Community Policing/Safety Programs, Police Service Dog Division and uniformed Troopers in all six of the state's troop locations.
The Investigative Services Division includes Alcohol/Tobacco Enforcement, Amber Alert, Auto Fraud, Bomb Squad, Concealed Carry Permits, Crime Laboratory, Criminal Identification Division, Domestic and Sexual Violence Program, Internet Crimes Against Children, Missing Persons Clearinghouse and Nebraska Information Analysis Center.
Administrative Services includes Accounting, the Combined Law Enforcement Information Network, Communications, Grants, Human Resources, Purchasing, Research & Planning and Supply/Electronic Engineering.
Requesting Nebraska Police Records
Police records and criminal history records may be requested from the Nebraska State Patrol online, in person or by mail. Fees start at $12.50. Fingerprint-based searches are the most reliable, but a name-based search is also available. However, the patrol does state that you must have a name and birth date to conduct a search. Additional information such as a Social Security Number is also suggested.
Police records allowed for public viewing include arrests within the state when the offender was fingerprinted. Dispositions are also included in police records, and can include convictions, acquittals, no charges filed and even pardons.
Police records not provided to the public include arrests where no charges were filed after one year, arrests where charges were not filed due to diversions for two years, and any arrest where charges were filed but dismissed by the court.