Milwaukee County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
Milwaukee County recorded 123 homicides, 519 rapes, 3,205 robberies, and 6,400 aggravated assaults in 2017, the most recent year with a complete set of crime records. While aggravated assault was the leading violent crime, there were also 9,758 cases of simple assault in the county that year. Incidences of property crimes include 6,666 burglaries, 20,066 larceny thefts, 6,319 motor vehicle thefts, and 335 arsons.
Compared to 2013 figures, the five-year crime trend for Milwaukee County reveals a small increase in simple assault (2.9%) rate. Homicide (12.8%), rape (77.1%, rape definition was expanded in 2017), aggravated assault (37.5%), motor vehicle theft (32.4%), and arson (6%) rates also increased in the same period. On the other, robbery (10.5%), burglary (18.2%), and larceny theft (24.3%) rates fell between 2013 and 2017 in Milwaukee County.
In accordance with the Wisconsin Public Records law, the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office accepts public requests for its non-confidential records. These include accident reports, incident reports, citations, 911 call recordings, squad videos, booking photos, and criminal history checks. Visit the Carfax’s CRASHDOCS website to submit a request for an accident reports. For other police reports, complete the Online Public Request Form on the website of the Milwaukee County. Alternatively, download and complete a PDF version of the Public Request Form. Send it by email to the Public Records department or by regular mail to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office at:
821 W. State St. Rm 102
Milwaukee, WI 53233
The fees for accident, RMS, and CAD reports are $6, $1, and $1 respectively. Each booking photo carries a charge of $1.50 while each copy of a citation or ticket attracts a charge of $1. The fee for a CD/DVD of videos and photos is $10.
The Wisconsin Department of Corrections maintains the state’s sex offender registry. It puts this database online and makes it searchable. Use the Name Search function to find a specific sex offender by name. The Geographical Search function lets residents find offenders living in their neighborhoods. Input zip codes and street addresses in Milwaukee County to find registered sex offenders living in different areas of the county.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for maintaining inmate and jail records. It provides an online search to help the public find individuals incarcerated in the county’s jail. Use the Milwaukee County Inmate Search to locate an inmate by providing his/her name, gender, and date of birth.
The state courts in Milwaukee County make up the First Judicial District of Wisconsin. Records for civil cases filed in its Circuit Court are available online on the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access portal. They are also available for viewing and copying at the Civil Records Center of the Milwaukee County Clerk of Circuit Court’s Office. Visit this office at room G-9 of the Milwaukee County Courthouse located at 901 North 9th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233. The Clerk also accepts mail requests sent to this address. To request for court records this way, mail a completed copy of the Records Request Form to the Clerk of the Court.
The Criminal Division of Milwaukee Circuit Court hears all felony, misdemeanor, and traffic cases in the county. It also offers the public access to its records. Those hoping to get copies of criminal case documents should visit the customer service window outside Room 117 of the Safety Building located at 821 West State Street. The Milwaukee County Clerk of Circuit Court charges $1.25 per page for copies of court records. There is an additional $5 fee per record when requesting certified copies.
The Register of Deeds is the official responsible for issuing certified copies of vital records in Milwaukee County. The Register can provide certified copies of birth certificates from October 1, 1907, death certificates from September 1, 2013, marriage certificates from June 2, 2015, and divorce certificates from January 1, 2016 to the present.
To obtain certified copies of these records, visit the Register of Deeds Office at 901 N. 9th Street, Courthouse Room 103, Milwaukee. The office opens to the public from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. The Register accepts MasterCard and Visa for payment but cash only after 4:00 p.m.
The Register of Deeds also accepts mail requests for vital records. To obtain these, download, print, and complete a Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce, or Domestic Partnership Application as needed.In addition, the Register offers a Domestic Partnership Termination Form as well as Vital Records Consent Form (when applying for certified copies of vital records on behalf of a family member, spouse, or client). Include a valid ID and a check or money order for copy fees with the application. Send the request to:
Register of Deeds Office
901 N. 9th Street
Courthouse Room 103
Milwaukee, WI 53233-1458
The Register charges $20 for the first certified copy of a vital record and $3 for each additional copy of the same record ordered at the same time.