Cuyahoga County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Arrest Records

Cuyahoga County recorded 7,438 violent crimes and 31,872 property crimes in 2016, the last year with a complete set of records. These figures represent a 15.5% jump in violent crime rate and a 15% dip in property crime rate over the last five years. A closer look at the county’s 2016 violent crime figures shows that there were 162 murders, 616 rapes, 3,505 robberies, and 3,152 aggravated assaults. The most prevalent property crimes that year was larceny with 18,647 incidents. Other property crime incidents include 8,066 robberies, 5,159 motor vehicle thefts, and 360 arsons.

An analysis of crime trend in Cuyahoga County shows that murder (65.3%), rape (30%), aggravated assault (42.6%), motor vehicle theft (12%), and arson (0.6%) rates rosein the last five years. Furthermore, the five-year crime trend indicates that there were fewer robberies (4.6%), larceny (8.8%), and burglaries (35%).

Criminal Records

The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for registering and keeping a database of all sex offenders living in the county. The Sheriff also forwards these information to Office of the Ohio Attorney General. To find registered sex offenders in Cuyahoga County, use the name and/or map search features of the county’s OffenderWatch page. With these, residents can find individual sex offenders by name and look up all offenders living in different zip codes. This search tool is also useful for finding sex offenders by email address and phone number.

The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office maintains other records such as incident reports and criminal background checks and provides them to the public and other law enforcement agencies. Involved parties may request for these records in person and by mail. For in-person requests, visit the Records Division of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office located at 1215 West 3rd Street, Cleveland, OH. Make an in-person request during office hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday).

Send a mail request to the same office but address it like this:

Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office
Attn: Records Division
1215 W. 3rd St
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Cuyahoga County Sheriff charges $10 per record.

Court Records

The Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts maintains the records of the county’s Court of Common Pleas and the Court of Appeals, Eighth Appellate Division. As the record keeper, the County Clerk makes non-confidential court documents available online on a central portal. Visit the Case Docket webpage to search for civil, criminal, and domestic case documents as well as records from the Court of Appeal.

To request for copies of case information from the Clerk of Court’s Office, call its docket information line at 216-443-7950 or visit the office at 1200 Ontario Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113. The office opens to the public between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

Public Records

Vital records for Cuyahoga County are available from the Cleveland Department of Public Health. Its Bureau of Vital Statistics issues birth and death certificates for events that happened in the county. Residents of Cuyahoga County can order these vital records in person or by mail. To make a request, download and complete an Application for a Certified Copy of Birth Record or Request for Certified Copy of Death Certificate.

Bring this to the Bureau of Vital Statistics located at 601 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland City Hall, Room 122. The office opens to the public between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday. The cashiers at the office accept cash, check, and money order payments for copies of vital records ordered.

For a mail request, send the completed application along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a check or money order for fees to:

Office of Vital Records
601 Lakeside Ave. Room 122
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

The Office of Vital Records charges $25 for each certified copy of a birth or death certificate.