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What are Washington Police Records?
The Washington State Patrol is the statewide law enforcement agency that enforces state laws on the highways and beyond. This patrol started in 1921, when troopers rode Indian motorcycles to patrol the roadways. There were initially six patrolmen and in 1924 they began wearing uniforms. It wasn't until nearly ten years later in 1933 that the original "Highway Patrol Division" became known as the Washington State Patrol.
Divisions of Washington Police
There are several different divisions and bureaus within the Washington State Patrol. The Field Operations Bureau spans eight districts and primarily enforce traffic laws and investigate crashes.
The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau promotes safe travel for large trucks and vehicles including school buses. This department also maintains the patrol's fleet of vehicles and protects the infrastructure of Washington State.
Washington's Fire Protection Bureau is headed by the State Fire Marshal, who helps to provide the public with fire safety education and tools. This department regulates fireworks licensing and offers an accredited certification program to officers. The Fire Protection Bureau also establishes guidelines for fire safety in public buildings and coordinates fire services in events of an emergency.
The Forensic Laboratory Services Bureau offers law enforcement state-of-the-art crime lab testing and analysis of evidence in criminal cases. This bureau offers a latent print lab, toxicology lab, drug evaluation program, breath alcohol test program and six crime labs.
The Investigative Services Bureau investigates cases of narcotics and clandestine labs, conducts death investigations, investigates computer forensic cases, maintains criminal records and gathers organized crime intelligence.
Requesting Washington Police Records
In the state of Washington, criminal and police records may be requested by the public on any person, but dispensed records are limited to only conviction information and arrests that are less than one year old. Other information included is pending dispositions and details for any convicted persons regarding sex crimes or kidnapping offenses.
Washington Arrest Records by Type of Crime
The popular arrests for 2017 in Washington was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 58,249, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Embezzlement arrests - with only 54 crimes a year.
|Arrest Type||Under 18||All ages||Total arrests|
|Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter||17||158||175|
|Motor Vehicle Theft||180||1,637||1,817|
|Forgery and Counterfeiting||12||862||874|
|Stolen property; buying, receiving, possessing||193||3,438||3,631|
|Weapons; carrying, possessing, etc.||225||1,793||2,018|
|Prostitution and Commercialized Vice||7||650||657|
|Sex Offenses (except rape and prostitution)||123||587||710|
|Drug Abuse Violations||1,224||12,027||13,251|
|Offenses Against the Family and Children||9||359||368|
|Driving Under the Influence||167||25,392||25,559|
|All Other Offenses (except traffic)||1,569||56,680||58,249|
WA Police Departments by Cities
- Airway Heights
- Bainbridge Island
- Battle Ground
- Black Diamond
- Bonney Lake
- Castle Rock
- Cle Elum
- College Place
- Des Moines
- East Wenatchee
- Federal Way
- Friday Harbor
- Gig Harbor
- Grand Coulee
- Granite Falls
- Kettle Falls
- La Center
- La Conner
- La Push
- Lake Stevens
- Long Beach
- Medical Lake
- Mercer Island
- Mill Creek
- Moses Lake
- Mount Vernon
- Mountlake Terrace
- Oak Harbor
- Ocean Shores
- Port Angeles
- Port Hadlock
- Port Orchard
- Port Townsend
- Royal City
- Sedro Woolley
- Soap Lake
- South Bend
- Walla Walla
- West Richland
- White Salmon