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Fall River Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Fall River City Public Records?

Fall River City public records are documents generated or retained by the city concerning the city government’s business and operations within the jurisdiction. These documents are available in any form, including handwritten, filmed, typed, photographed, or taped records that the public body maintains and disseminates in compliance with the Public Records Law.

As specified by this law, some documents like sex offender information, crime statistics, non-confidential court files are publicly available, while others have restricted access due to the nature of the information contained. Examples of records with exempted disclosure include:

  • Privilege between attorney-client, doctor-patient, and so on
  • Medical records
  • Certain personal records
  • Confidential law enforcement records
  • Trade secrets, commercial information, and financial data
  • Autopsy reports
  • Records on juvenile delinquency cases
  • Materials on ongoing prosecutions and investigations
  • Sexual assaults, rape, and domestic violence reports
  • Personal information that may constitute an unwarranted invasion of privacy
  • Other information specifically exempted from disclosure by statute

These exempted documents or information may only be available to authorized parties. In some cases, this may include the record subject, affected parties, persons with a court order for disclosure, and authorized government/private agencies. It is possible to request a copy of a document with redacted private information. Otherwise, denied requesters may seek relief by appealing the decision.

Public city records may also be accessible from third-party websites. Record seekers may either opt to use these non-governmental platforms to search for a specific record or multiple city records. However, users will need to provide enough information to assist with the search such as:

  • The address of the requestor
  • A case number or file number (if known)
  • The location of the document or person involved
  • The name of the subject involved in the record (not juvenile)
  • The last known or current address of the registrant

Third-party sites are not sponsored by government agencies. Because of this, record availability and results may vary.

Fall River City Crime Statistics

The 2021 Mid-Year Report published by the Fall River Police Department shows that for Part A crimes, the city recorded 384 violent crimes and 670 property crimes from January to June 2021. These figures show a 26.32% increase in violent crimes and a 13.99% decrease in property crimes compared to the January-June 2020 report.

Recent violent crimes reported includes two murder offense, 16 rape cases, 33 robberies, and 332 aggravated assaults. On the other hand, property crimes consisted of seven arson cases, 62 motor vehicle thefts, 208 burglaries, and 393 larceny crimes. All property crime categories recorded a decrease in incidents, while violent crimes only saw an increase (41.7%) in aggravated assault cases. Figures for rape and robbery crimes reduced, and the number of murder cases remained the same.

Are Fall River City Criminal Records Public?

Criminal records in Fall River City are part of the public records. However, although most criminal activities in the city are handled by the Fall River City Police Department, the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJIS) is the central repository of criminal history information. The DCJIS allows individuals and organizations to conduct name-based criminal records searches on the iCORI system, and authorized non-criminal justice agencies may use the SAFIS program for fingerprint-based checks.

How to Obtain Fall River City Police Reports and Arrest Records

The Fall River Police Department (FRPD) maintains accident reports, arrest records, crime statistics, and other police reports on cases within its jurisdiction. Interested persons may request electronic or paper copies of these records from the Police Department by sending mailed requests in the required information to the FRPD Record Access Officer at:

Fall River Police Department
C/O Records Access Officer
685 Pleasant Street,
Fall River, MA 02721-4305

Response to the request may take up to 10 business days. The FRPD charges $5 for accident reports and 5 cents per printout or paper copies of public records. Records that take more than two hours for search and retrieval will be charged using the hourly rate of the least paid employee retrieving and preparing the record. For further information, visit the FRPD public records page or contact:

Record Access Officers:

Phone: (508) 676-8511, ext. 134
Phone: (508) 676-8511, ext. 135
Email: publicrecords@frpd.org

Or

Keeper of the Records
Phone: (508) 676-8511, ext 131

Note: As per the Public Records Law, not all records maintained by the Fall River Police Department are public. These include investigative materials, confidential informant/victims details, and other private information.

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Fall River City

The Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry is the statewide repository of sex offenders. Individuals can obtain information on Level 2 and 3 sex offenders in Fall River City by using the search tool to find offenders by:

  • Offender details: Using offender level, registration status (register, incarcerated, or violation), first name, last name, or partial name
  • By region: In a specified city, county, town, or zip code
  • By neighborhood or geographical area: Using street number, street name, city/town, address radius, or zip code

Clicking on an offender listed on the search result page will lead users to the offender's profile which is printable and may contain the following details:

  • Full name and aliases
  • Mugshot or photograph
  • Offender level and registration status
  • Age and year of birth
  • Sex
  • Physical description
  • Crime and conviction details

If searches yield no result, individuals may request sex offender information from the Fall River Police Department or opt for making online, phone, or mail requests to the Sex Offender Registry Board.

Additionally, the registry allows individuals to view a list of offenders in violation and get statistics of offenders living, schooling, or working in various cities or towns. Moreover, interested persons may register on the Electronic Sex Offender Registry Information (ESORI) portal.

How to Find Fall River City Inmate Records

The Bristol County Sheriff Office is responsible for managing the Correctional Facilities which serve Fall River City and other cities and towns within its jurisdiction. Therefore, persons interested in obtaining inmate records may call the Sheriff’s Office at (508) 995-6400 (ext. 2535) or write and submit requests in-person, via mail, or email to the Records Access Officer at:

Lorraine Rousseau, ESQ.
Records Access Officer
Bristol County Sheriff’s Office
400 Faunce Corner Road,
North Dartmouth, MA 02747
Phone: (508) 995-1311
Email: publicrecords@bcso-ma.org

Requesters can receive paper copies and electronic copies if available. However, requesters should note that not all records may be public, in line with the Public Records Law.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Fall River City Jail?

Only pre-approved persons may visit an inmate in any of the Correctional Facilities managed by the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO). Interested persons may fill the Request to Visit form or the request form for minors and mail it for verification and approval to:

BCSO
Attention: Communications Division
400 Faunce Corner Road,
North Dartmouth, MA 02747

Inmates may have two 60-minutes visits as long as privileges are still active, and approved visitors may visit according to the inmate's visiting schedule, which is based on the facility and housing unit. All visitors must be dressed appropriately, present a valid government-issued picture ID at the facility, and comply with property and body search procedures. All visitors are advised to go through the visitors’ handbook (Portuguese, Spanish) that stipulates the rules for visiting, especially concerning minors, contrabands, prohibited clothing, and acceptable behaviors when visiting.

Conducting a search is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.

What are Fall River City Vital Records?

Fall River City vital records are government-generated documents on milestone events that happened to people within the city. These events include births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, military discharge, or deaths and may be in the form of certificates, licenses, decrees or final judgment, verification letters, and so on.

Fall River City vital records may be available at city, county, and state levels. For instance, the Fall River City Clerk’s Office records all marriages, births, and deaths that happen in the city but these records are also obtainable from the statewide Registry of Vital Records and Statistics. On the other hand, divorce records may be available at the Bristol Probate and Family Court if the parties filed and obtained their divorce there.

Where and How to Obtain Fall River City Divorce Records

For records of divorces obtained in the Bristol Probate and Family Court or the Fall River location, persons may make requests for certified copies of a divorce judgment or certificate of divorce absolute. Interested individuals should fill the request form and submit or mail the completed form to the specific courthouse where the divorce took place along with the fees. A case docket number is needed for the record requests, and requesters may obtain this by contacting the court.

The court charges $20 for a certificate of divorce absolute, $20 for the first page of a certified copy of a divorce judgment, and $1 for each additional page. Payments should be made by money order, attorney’s check, bank cashier’s check, or bank certified check made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Where and How to Get Public Fall River City Marriage Records

Fall River City marriage records are available at the City Clerk’s Office if the parties filed their marriage intention with the city. Interested persons may obtain certified copies of Fall River marriage certificates by making in-person, mailed, or online requests to the City Clerk. In-person requests cost $15, and requesters may have to present a valid ID and provide the couple’s full names and marriage date.

For mailed requests, requesters should provide the marriage details in a written letter and mail the request and fees to:

City Clerk
One Government Center
Fall River, MA 02722

Mailed and online requests cost $20, $15 for the certified copy, and $5 for processing. Payments are acceptable as money orders or checks made payable to the City of Fall River, and foreign request payments should be as United States Certified Bank Checks.

Fall River City marriage certificates may also be available at the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics (RVRS). The registry maintains records of marriages that happened in Massachusetts since 1926, and interested persons may make direct requests via mail or in-person by sending or submitting a filled application form to:

Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mount Vernon Street,
First Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125

In-person requests at the registry counter cost $20, and mailed requests cost $32. Requesters should make payments with money orders or checks made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Note: The State Archives and may house marriage records from 1841 to 1925.

Where and How to Find Fall River City Birth Records

The City Clerk’s Office records and maintains Fall River City birth certificates locally, specifically on persons born in the city or whose parents were residents at the time of birth. Interested individuals may obtain certified copies of Fall River birth records by making in-person, mailed, or online requests to the City Clerk. In-person requests cost $15, and requesters may have to present a valid ID and provide the following information:

  • Type of record
  • Subject’s full name at birth
  • Date of birth
  • Parents’ full names

For mailed requests, requesters should provide the above birth details in a written letter and send the request and fees to:

City Clerk
One Government Center
Fall River, MA 02722

Mailed and online requests cost $20; $15 for the certified copy and $5 for processing. Payments are acceptable as money orders or checks made payable to the City of Fall River, and foreign request payments should be as United States Certified Bank Checks.

At the state level, the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics (RVRS) maintains records of births that happened in the state since 1926. Interested persons may make direct requests via mail or in-person by sending or submitting a filled application form to:

Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mount Vernon Street,
First Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125

In-person requests at the registry counter cost $20, while mailed requests cost $32. Requesters should make payments with money orders or checks made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Note: Older birth records may be available locally or at the State Archives.

Where and How to Find Fall River City Death Records

Fall River City death records are available locally at the City Clerk’s Office and the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics (RVRS) at the state level. The City Clerk maintains and issues death records on persons who died in the city, individuals who were residents at the time of death, or veterans buried in the city. On the other hand, the RVRS keeps statewide records on deaths that occurred in the state since 1926.

For certified death record copies, interested persons may make requests in-person, via mail, or online. In-person requests cost $15, and requesters may have to present a valid ID and provide the deceased name, date of death, and deceased’s parents’ names. For mailed requests, requesters should provide the death record description in a written letter and mail the request and fees to:

City Clerk
One Government Center
Fall River, MA 02722

Mailed and online requests cost $20; $15 for the certified copy and $5 for processing. Payments are acceptable as money orders or checks made payable to the City of Fall River, and foreign request payments should be as United States Certified Bank Checks.

For RVRS death certificates, interested persons may make direct requests via mail or in-person by sending or submitting a filled application form to:

Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mount Vernon Street,
First Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125

In-person requests at the registry counter cost $20, while mailed requests cost $32. Requesters should make payments with money orders or checks made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Note: Older Fall River City death records may be available at the State Archives.