Worcester County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
There were 3,406 violent crimes and 12,972 property crimes in Worcester County in 2015, the most recent year with a complete set of crime data. Compared to 2010 figures, violent crime rate fell by 3.4% while property crimes reduced by 21%.
Worcester County recorded 13 murders, 226 rapes, 2,593 aggravated assaults, and 574 robberies in 2015. In the same period, incidences of property crimes include 2,850 burglaries, 9,363 larcenies, 760 vehicle thefts, and 53 arsons. The five-year crime trend for the county shows that robbery (0.3%) rateincreased slightly while rape (22.2%) recorded a more modest rise. Murder (7.1%), aggravated assault (6.2%), burglary (37.4%), larceny (12.8%), vehicle theft (33.1%), and arson (38.4%) rates all declined.
In accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office accepts public records requests and provides copies of non-confidential records. To make a public records request, contact:
Public Records Officer
Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and House of Corrections
5 Paul X. Tivnan Drive
West Boylston, MA 01583
The Sheriff’s Office charges nothing for the first four hours put into fulfilling a public records request. Requests that take longer attract a charge of $25 per hour after four hours. The Worcester Sheriff’s Office charges 10 cents per page for copies of records produced and 50 cents per page for color copies.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts empowers the Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) to maintain a statewide sex offender registry. This central database provides identifying information for registered sex offenders living in all counties of the state. To access it, visit the SORB website. Use the Name Search feature to find individual offenders. Use the city/county/zip code and address search tools to find sex offenders residing in Worcester county, its towns and cities, or any of its neighborhoods.
The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office keeps all jail and inmate records. To access these records, submit a public records request under the Freedom of Information Act. The Sheriff’s Office also provides a handy inmate locator tool on its website. In addition to providing the locations of inmates, this search tool also lets the public search for visiting times for incarcerated individuals. This inmate search tool is also available in Spanish.
The records of the Worcester County Superior Court, Worcester Probate and Family Court, and the Leominster District Court are available on the Massachusetts Trial Court Electronic Case Access portal and the website of the Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court of Massachusetts. These central databases contain court dockets, electronic case information, and court calendars.
The Worcester Probate and Family Court provides copies of records such as divorce judgements and guardianship rulings upon request. To obtain these, download and complete a Request for Copies form. Bring or mail it to the Worcester Probate and Family Court located at 225 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608. Make sure to include a check or money order covering copy fees with a mail request. Make this payment out to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The Probate and Family Court accepts cash payment for in-person requests. It charges $20 for each certificate of name change and a certificate of divorce absolute. The fee for a certified copy of a decree and order of appointment of a guardian is $22. The first page of each certified copy of a judgement of divorce nisi is $20. The rate for additional pages is $1 per page.
The state’s Registry of Vital Records and Statistics (RVRS) is the agency responsible for maintaining and issuing copies of birth, death, and marriage certificates in Worcester County. Its records cover events that occurred in Massachusetts from 1926 to the present. For historical vital records prepared between 1841 and 1921, search and order from the State Archives.
To order a certified copy of a birth, death, or marriage record, start by downloading and completing the vital records mail order form. Bring or mail this to:
Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mount Vernon Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
The RVRS counter is open to the public fromMonday to Friday between 8:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. The fee for obtaining a certified copy of a vital record in person is $20. The RVRS accepts cash and check. When requesting for a vital record by mail, include a photocopy of a valid photo ID and a check or money order covering the fee. The RVRS charges $32 for each certified copy of a vital record requested by mail.