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Databases Updated on Apr 21, 2021

What are Utah Police Records?

In Utah, the statewide police force is the Utah Highway Patrol, operating under the Department of Public Safety. In 1923, the state's legislature gave the State Road Commission the power to patrol the state's highways. In 1925 an additional part-time section of officers was hired to help patrol the roads and was called the "State Road Police Patrol." The force was renamed the "Utah Highway Patrol" in 1933, and in 1935 it was given statewide police powers.

Divisions of Utah Police

The Utah Highway Patrol is only one of the divisions of the Department of Public Safety. Other divisions within the department include the following: Dive Team, Fire Marshal, Forensic Services, Emergency Management, Criminal Identification and State Bureau of Investigation.

The Dive Team is utilized by multiple agencies across the state when it is necessary for divers to search for evidence in homicides and drowning. The Fire Marshal coordinates services and programs with the state's fire departments to educate the public on fire preparedness and prevention.

Forensic Services employs modern crime lab testing and methods to aid law enforcement in ongoing investigations and cold cases. Fingerprint testing, DNA analysis, trace evidence, toxicology and firearm analysis are all services of the lab. Emergency Management helps to provide communication and services in the event of a natural disaster or other threat to public safety.

The Bureau of Criminal Identification oversees issuing of firearm permits, criminal histories, missing persons and Amber Alerts. The Bureau of Investigation aids local and county law enforcement officers in investigations of major crimes across the state.

Requesting Utah Police Records

In Utah, police records and criminal histories can only be released to the person named in them. In other words, you can't request records for another person. However, an individual may fill out a release form to request their records and have them sent to an approved third party.

Utah Arrest Records by Type of Crime

The popular arrests for 2017 in Utah was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 39,865, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Embezzlement arrests - with only 36 crimes a year.

Arrest Type Under 18 All ages Total arrests
Violent Crime 304 2,252 2,556
Property Crime 2,390 14,526 16,916
Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter 1 48 49
Rape 64 204 268
Robbery 68 404 472