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Monroe County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Arrest Records

Arrest records for Monroe County are available from the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services (NYS DCJS). These include complete records collated up to 2017, the most recent year. Access for arrest records for Monroe County is available on the website of the NYS DCJS. These are also available for download. The records break down rates of violent and property crime arrests between 2008 and 2017.

The NYS DCJS also collates parolee and probationer arrest records over the same time period for Monroe County. Its juvenile arrest data for the county cover the five-year period between 2013 and 2017. These detail arrest records for youths between the ages of 16 and 17. For more recent data, check the statewide juvenile arrest records. These provide youth arrest records for all counties between January and June 2018.

Total Crime

Monroe County recorded a total of 18,945 crimes in 2017. This figure represents an 18 percent fall in the crime rate over the last five years. In 2017, there were 2,570 violent crimes and 16,375 property crimes recorded all over the county. Aggravated assault was the most common violent crime with 1,357 incidents followed by robbery, rape, and murder with 903, 275, and 35 cases respectively. Larceny was the most prevalent property crime in Monroe County with 13,078 incidents. Burglary is a distant second with 2,341 cases while there were 956 reported cases of motor vehicle theft.

An analysis of five-year crime trend in Monroe County shows a reduction in murder (27%), robbery (20%), aggravated assault (0.3%), burglary (45%), and larceny (14%). However, the numbers of reported rapes (91%) and motor vehicle thefts (8%) rose.

Most Dangerous Areas

The area of the City of Rochester was the most dangerous community in Monroe County with 9,807 crimes recorded in 2017. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, also located in Rochester, has the second largest crime record with 3,030 cases. Outside Rochester, the police in the town of Greece recorded the most crimes with 2,110 cases.

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Access to public records is available online, and search results often includes information on criminal arrest, criminal court, and civil court proceedings.

Criminal Records

The Monroe County Clerk’s Office keeps criminal records filed by the New York State Supreme and Monroe County Courts. Note that the office only holds felony conviction records. Federal, state, and city criminal records are not available at the county office. You can request records by mail. To do this, start by downloading a CHRS application form. Send the completed form 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. Alternatively, third party websites offer this service online.

Court Records

Section CPLR § 8019(f) of the Judiciary Law authorizes county clerks to charge users for copying and certifying records. In conformity with this provision, the New York State Unified Court System charges $65 for accessing or requesting criminal records from the Criminal History Record Search System. All payments are made by check or money order to the N.Y.S. Office of Court Administration.

The Monroe County Clerk’s Office charges $5 for every two years of records searched. It also charges 65 cents per page of records copied with a minimum charge of $1.30 required. Certified records attract higher fees. The charge for each certified document is $5 for records that are up to four pages. There’s an additional $1.25 per page for documents with more than four pages. The Clerk’s Office accepts payments in cash, checks, and credit cards.

Monroe County has an online electronic records indexing system that anyone can search. Users can order certified copies of found documents right from the database. Ordered records will arrive in the mail in 5 – 10 business days. The County Clerk’s Office also accepts mail-in, faxed, and telephone requests. Send mailed requests to Monroe County Clerk’s Office, 39 W. Main Street, Room 105, Rochester, New York, 14614. The office’s fax number is 585 753-1650 while its phone number is 585 753-1600.

Sex Offenders

The State of New York has a central database of sex offenders available New York Division of Criminal Justice Services. By law, this public directory only provides information about Level 2 and Level 3 offenders. To find sex offenders in Monroe County, select the county in the drop-down menu.

Inmate Records

The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision keeps inmate records for all counties on its website. Use the inmate lookup/locator tool to find individual inmates. For other inmate records for Monroe County, fill the Open FOIL NY form. Besides online submissions, enquirers can send completed FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) request forms by email. You may also submit the request form at this address: FOIL Unit, Office of Counsel, NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Building 2, 1220 Washington Ave, Albany, NY.

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Public Records

Birth and death records are not available at the Monroe County Clerk’s Office. The county’s Health Department keeps these records. To obtain them, visit the Monroe County Health Department’s Office of Vital Records at the Ames Building, 740 East Henrietta Rd, at the intersection of E. Henrietta and Crittenden Rds (near Rt 390 and the MCC Campus). Note that free parking is available. The office opens between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday. It also operates on the last Saturday of every month at the Greece DMV branch from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Greece DMV is located inside the Greece Ridge Mall except during November and December.

Eligible applicants have to pay $30 for certified birth and death records payable to the Monroe County Office of Vital Records. Applicants may pay in cash, check, money order, or credit cards. Certified birth and death records are available for immediate pickup but genealogy requests take 4 – 6 weeks. Applicants can also order birth and death records online from the Monroe County Office of Vital Records.