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Tempe Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Criminal Statistics

The Tempe City Police Department collates criminal statistical data as part of the FBI’s nationwide Uniform Crime Reporting Program. According to its 2018 report, the city's law enforcement agencies recorded 8,727 reported index crimes, signaling a 1.8% increase in criminal activity from 2017 data (8,573). Specifically, violent crime slightly increased by 2.7% while property crime spiked by 1.7% between 2017 and 2018.

A further breakdown revealed larceny to be the most recurring criminal activity with 6,245 reports in that year alone. This was followed by burglary and auto theft with 1,020 and 542 incidents respectively. Assault was the fourth most popular crime, and the most recurring among violent crimes with 536 reported incidents, while robbery, rape arson, and homicide reportedly occurred 188, 179, 12 and 5 times respectively, making them the least reported criminal acts in the city.

Criminal Records

The Tempe City Police Departments provides a range of law enforcement-related services and resources to Tempe city residents and is the primary enforcer of public safety measures within city limits. However, the Arizona Department of Public Safety is the main custodian of statewide criminal history information, and as such is tasked with processing requests for criminal history records and background checks.

How To Get Criminal Records

The Criminal History Records Division of the Arizona Department of Public Safety responds to requests for Tempe City criminal history records and background checks. According to Arizona State provisions, copies of criminal records are restricted to authorized persons and organizations. Requestors will be required to meet some eligibility requirements before obtaining the requested records.

Persons requiring their own criminal history information or record review should contact the Criminal History Records Section at (602) 223-2222 to request a Record Review Packet. The packet must be processed by the requester and sent back to the agency. In response, the division will mail information of any criminal history to the requesting party within 15 days of the request.

For authorized persons and agencies requiring the criminal history information of any given subject, requests can only be made in person at the Tempe Police Department or any law enforcement agency that offers fingerprinting services. The requesting party must print a Fingerprint Card and take it to be processed at:

Arizona Department of Public Safety
2222 W. Encanto Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85009
(602) 223-2000

Or

Tempe Police Department
120 East 5th Street
Tempe, AZ 8528
(480) 350-8598

How To Get Police Reports

The Records Section of the Tempe Police Department maintains and disseminates records of relevance generated by the department. Interested persons can request a copy of a police report by completing a report request form which should be accompanied by cash, cheque or money order payment of $0.25 per page of the document requested. These should then be sent to:

Tempe Police Department
120 East 5th Street,
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 350‐8598

How To Find Sex Offender Information

The Arizona Department of Public Safety maintains a public access sex offenders registry, which publicizes information about all registered sex offenders in the state. Interested persons may view information regarding offender location, compliance and conduct in Tempe City by searching the registry by location or zip code or the offender's name.

The registry also provides information about relevant electronic information of offenders and provides an Email Alert System with which city residents can receive updates regarding offenders in specific vicinities.

How To Find Inmate And Jail Information

All inmates apprehended by the Tempe City Police Department are housed in the Maricopa County Jail. The Jail is managed by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office which maintains an Inmate Roster containing information of currently incarcerated persons in the county jail. Interested persons may obtain information of inmates by searching the index by the inmate's name, date of birth, or booking number. Other jail-related queries may be directed to the Sheriffs Office at (602) 876-1000

Court Records

Where and How to Get Court Records

The Tempe Municipal Court hears cases of civil and criminal traffic misdemeanors and violations as well as city ordinances and state law violations. The court maintains records of case processions and provides access to non-confidential records upon request. To access these records interested persons may use the court's search tool, which can be searched by name, case file number or filing date. Alternatively, records may also be obtained by sending a written request indicating necessary case details to:

140 East Fifth Street,
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 350-8271
Phone: (480) 350-8184
Fax: (480) 350-2790 (Civil)
Phone: (480) 350-8720
Fax: (480) 350-2789 (Criminal)

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Vital Records

Tempe city records can be accessed at either county or state level. The Arizona Department of Health Services maintains a statewide vital records repository and processes requests for these records as provided by state law. With Tempe city being located in Maricopa, the city's vital records are co-managed by the Maricopa County Public Health Department and the Clerk of Superior Court.

Where and How to Get Divorce Records

Requests for Tempe city divorce records are processed by the Maricopa Clerk of Superior Court. Interested persons may obtain copies of divorce decrees by querying the clerk's office in person or by sending a written request stating details of the divorce including the case file number, the names of the divorcees and any special custody or settlement arrangements. The written request should then be sent along with a payment of $0.50 per page of copy requested, plus $30.00 if certification is required. These may all be sent to:

Correspondence Section
Clerk of the Superior Court
201 W. Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Where and How to Get Marriage Records

Interested persons may obtain records of marriages licensed by the Maricopa Clerk of Superior Court from the office. Requestors are required to send a written request which should state the full names of the spouses, the license number of the certificate and the year of marriage. Requests may be sent along with a payment of $37.50, and a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Correspondence Section
Clerk of the Superior Court
201 W. Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Where and How to Get Birth and Death Records

The Maricopa County Public Health Department maintains and issues birth and death records to eligible requestors. To be eligible to request a birth or death record the requestor must be the registrant, parents or guardians of the registrant/decedent or a legally authorized person. Requests can be made by completing an Arizona Birth Certificate Request or Death Certificate Request Form. The completed application may then be sent along with the Photo ID copies and fees stated on the forms to:

Maricopa County Office of Vital Registration
P.O. Box 2111
Phoenix, AZ 85001

Alternatively, requests may be directed to the state office, if the record in question proves especially elusive:

The Bureau of Vital Records
Arizona Department of Health Services
P.O. Box 6018
Phoenix, AZ 85005