Jackson County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
Jackson County recorded 9,018 violent crimes and 34,651 property crimes in 2018, the latest year with a complete set of crime statistics. These figures represent a 30.7% hike in violent crime rate and a 5% drop in property crime rate compared to figures for 2014. A breakdown of Part I violent crimes for the county shows that there were 165 homicides, 1 negligent manslaughter, 537 rapes, 29 attempted rapes, 1,864 robberies, and 6,422 aggravated assaults in 2018. Incidences of Part I property crimes include 5,440 burglaries, 22,721 larceny thefts, 6,241 motor vehicle thefts, and 249 arsons.
In the period between 2014 and 2018, negligent manslaughter rate in Jackson County was halved while the attempted rape figure rose by 11.5%. The five-year crime trend also indicates rising homicide (75.5%), aggravated assault (47%), larceny theft (0.4%), and motor vehicle theft (15.5%) rates. On the other hand, rape (0.6%), robbery (0.3%), burglary (33.5%), and arson (5.7%) rates fell.
The Records Unit of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for maintaining all records issued by deputies and employees of the Sheriff’s Office. These records include incident and accident reports and accounts of criminal investigations. Law enforcement reports accessible to the public in accordance with Missouri Sunshine Law are obtainable in person and by mail. Request for these by visiting or mailing this address:
4001 NE Lakewood Court
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
Requesters may also call the Records Unit at (816) 541-8017 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The rate for each copy of paper record includes a $2 fee for the first page and 25 cents for each additional page. A $12 per hour research fee may also be charged. The Sheriff’s Office charges $2 per requested individual for criminal record check.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has a dedicated Sex Offender Registration Unit tasked with registering and tracking sex offenders living, working, and attending school in the county. This Unit passes information gathered to the central Sex Offender Registry maintained by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Use the Offender Search tool of the Registry to find registered sex offenders and predators by name and address. Select Jackson from the drop-down list of Missouri counties to restrict your search to the county. There is also an Interactive Map Search tool to help residents find sex offenders living in various neighborhoods by zip code and street address.
Inmate information for Jackson County are available from the Department of Corrections. This agency provides an online search tool to help the public locate individuals booked into correctional facilities all over the county. Use the Inmate Search feature to search the jail population by name, race, and sex.
Jackson County is home to the 16th Circuit Court of Missouri State. This court hears civil, criminal, small claims, domestic, and probate cases. Case documents for this court are available online on the Missouri Case.net website. The web portal is available from Monday to Friday between 6:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m.
The Jackson County Municipal Court hears general county ordinance violations. This court regularly publishes its docket on the county website. Other legal documents and official county records are available on the Recorder of Deeds Web Access. This is the portal to use to search for marriage records. To ordered certified copies of marriage certificates and other records found on Web Access, visit or send a mail request to the office of the Jackson County Recorder of Deeds located at:
Harry Truman Courthouse
112 West Lexington Avenue
Independence, MO 64050-3708
Include a check made payable to Recorder of Deeds Department. The fee for a certified copy of marriage license is $10.
The Bureau of Vital Records of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issues certified copies of birth and death certificates for event sthat happened in Jackson County. To obtain these records, contact:
The Bureau of Vital Records
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 751-6400
Certificates for births after 1920 are also available at the Jackson County Health Department. Make a request in person by visiting the office at 313 S Liberty, Independence, MO. You can also contact the Health Department at (816) 404-6415. Birth certificates for individuals born in Kansas City are available from:
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 513-6309