In Florida, public files like police records are essential to make a background check possible. With the presence of bad people with evil plans in public, it is just practical to check their backgrounds first before dealing with them and what better way to do it than by looking up their criminal records. That is why Florida police records are being opened to any member of the public who wants to request it.
A police record will be documented even if no incarceration has occurred. If no arrest has occurs, a report that reveals the nature of the incident and names of people involved will still be made. As long as the police are involved, a police record will be made. The Division of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS), which is under the jurisdiction of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), keeps all criminal history information and is also the one who disseminates the documents to the public.
You only need to know the basic information of an incident so you can request a copy of the report of it. Knowing the names, ages and addresses of the people involve is enough to conduct a search. But if you know more information about the incident, the results of your request will be returned faster.
Police records reveal criminal history, traffic violations, and other offenses against the law committed by a person. These pieces of information will be very useful in assessing possible employees, tenants, or even assessing a new guy or girl you are going out with. They are also critical when choosing the best possible person for sensitive job positions that involve security, finance, enforcement and children, elderly, sick or the disabled.
A police report is available at the local police department where the violation was filed. It is located at their public records department where you need to fill out a sheet for formality sake and then pay not more than $10 for each copy. Local and circuit courts also keep records, and this time with the help of technology. They make use of a database where they upload the files to allow easy searching, and they update it on a regular basis to keep the files accurate at all times. You can also send a mail request to the FDLE but it comes with a fee of $24 per search.
For a more convenient search, browse the internet for a list of available sites that offer police records but their service comes with a price. They have access to databases that have a wide range of sources for a more complete and secured versions of the records. You can also look for sites that offer free police records but you have to be patient in looking for them. You can also perform a free search at the state repository.