Albany County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
The New York Division of Criminal Justice Services (NYS DCJS) keeps arrest records for all the counties in the state. These records include data collated up to 2017. Arrest records for Albany County is on NYS DCJS and available for download. These records break down arrest rates for violent and property crimes from 2008 to 2017.
The NYS DCJS also provides a 10-year trend data of parolee and probationer arrests for Albany County. Juvenile arrest records for the county cover a five-year period between 2013 and 2017. However, the statewide juvenile arrest data provide Albany County figures for the months between January and June 2018.
Albany County recorded a total of 8,777 crimes in 2017 with 1,161 of them classified as violent crimes and 7,616 property crimes. Aggravated assault was the most common violent crime with 724 incidents. The year also recorded 313 cases of robbery, 116 rapes, and 8 murders. The most frequent property crime was larceny with 6,607 cases. Burglary was a distant second with 787 incidents while 222 cases of motor vehicle thefts were reported.
Overall, crime rate in Albany County fell by 7% over the period of 5 years between 2013 and 2017. A full breakdown of crime data shows a reduction in murder (11%), burglary (35%), larceny (6%), and motor vehicle theft (11%) rates. Rape (147%), robbery (7%), and aggravated assault (10%) experienced upward trends.
Most Dangerous Areas
The area of Albany City is the largest and most dangerous community in the county. The police department recorded 4,280 crimes in 2017. The town of Colonie comes second with 1,986 crimes in the same year.
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Access to public records is available online, and search results often include information on criminal arrests, criminal court trials, and civil court proceedings.
To access records offline, download a CHRS application form and send the completed form by mail to Criminal History Record Search, NYS Office of Court Administration, Office of Administrative Services, Criminal History Record Search, 25 Beaver Street (Room 840 - Front Desk), New York, NY 10004. Applications can also be hand-delivered to the address between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday.
Note that accessing or requesting criminal history records attracts a fee of $65 paid by check or money order to the N.Y.S Office of Court Administration. This is in accordance with section CPLR § 8019(f) of the Judiciary Law. It stipulates that there are specific fees that a county clerk may charge for copying and certifying records.
To search the official court record list of the County Court and State Supreme Court, visit the County Clerk Office located on the first floor (Room 128) of the County Courthouse. The building is at 16 Eagle Street, Albany City at the corner of Eagle and Columbia Streets in downtown Albany. The County Clerk’s office remains open between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday. The Office telephone number is (514) 487-5100, the fax number is (514) 487-5099, and the email address is email@example.com. Searching for records at the Albany County Clerk Office attracts a fee of $5.
The state keeps a central sex offender registry through the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services. By law, this public directory only provides information about Level 2 and Level 3 offenders. To get a list of sex offenders in Albany County, select it in the drop-down list of New York counties. The search tool allows users to exclude offenders in police custody, in ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) custody, and in prison.
Note that a FOIL request does not cover court records and deeds and mortgages. You may use the FOIL request to access inmate records available from New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. The Department also has an inmate lookup and locator tool for finding individual inmates. It is also possible to send a completed FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) request form by email. Alternatively, submit the completed request form at this address: FOIL Unit, Office of Counsel, NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Building 2, 1220 Washington Ave, Albany, New York 12226-2050.
There is an online search system for personal, property, and financial records filed in Albany County. This search tool provides access to scanned images of documents such as deeds and mortgages. Other accessible documents include court judgments, liens, tax warrants, power of attorney, and DBA files for registered companies. Using this search tool attracts a $5 fee payable to the Albany County Clerk.
Records accessible from the online search system are also available at the County Clerk office. Looking them up in person attracts no search fee. However, copy fees apply. The charge for making regular copies of any document is ¢65 per page with a minimum total charge of $1.25. Certified copies of documents attract a fee of $1.25 per page with a minimum total of $5. A certified document includes a signed statement of the County Clerk's office that the document has been compared with the original and is a true copy. It also bears a raised seal on the certification and the document. Certified copies are legally acceptable in place of the original document in legal matters.
Records held at the Albany County Clerk office do not need FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) requests to view. To file a Public Information request in Albany, visit the FOIL page on the county website to learn about the required information that must be included and applicable fees. File your request from the FOIL online access page.