Law Enforcement Search Engines, Sites, and Communities

Do research, check neighborhood safety, or report crimes using these sites

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Find crime statistics, crime scene investigation information, police information and more with these law enforcement search engines, sites, and communities. These websites are open to everyone, and the information they contain is free. 

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The National Sex Offender Registry is a free service you can use to identify registered sex offenders in your local area. Sex offender registries, a searchable database of sex offender information and statistics, and help for victims of sexual crimes are all available here. You can search by ZIP code, address, school, and daycare facility to refine your searches. This information can be especially useful if you're planning a move and want to make sure that neighborhoods you are thinking of moving to are safe. 

FBI Website

An enormous amount of information is available on the FBI website, including lots of crime statistics and law enforcement information, Reports & Publications, Top Ten Fugitives, How to Become an FBI Agent, and other information. The site is home to a rotating set of featured stories around crime and law enforcement, crime statistics, victim assistance, warnings about current popular scams, criminal justice information services, and much more. This site is updated frequently as FBI information tends to change often. 

Officer.com

The Officer.com website is useful for law enforcement agency search, officer search, and crime sites search. Firearms information, tactical training, career information, and active forums are also available. Much of the information is aimed at police officers, but it is of potential interest to anyone who wants to learn more about the criminal justice system. 

The National Criminal Justice Reference Service is free federally funded organization and website that provides justice and drug-related information to support research, policy, and program development. Search through A-Z topics, learn about the courts, funding opportunities, and law enforcement. Many different organizations are represented here, including the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Juvenile Justice, and the Bureau of Justice Statistics. 

FindLaw

FindLaw is one of the most authoritative sources on the web to go for legal information, criminal law resources, and a ton more law enforcement topics. All sorts of legal topics, state law information, and help in finding a local attorney for any legal need you might have are also available here. If you have a bit of legal research that you'd like to do, this is also a useful site - it doesn't substitute for advice from a licensed attorney, but it's good for getting started. 

US Department of Justice

All sorts of interesting things are on the U.S. Department of Justice website including reporting a crime, finding a job, locating an inmate, finding help for crime victims, sales of seized property, even reporting waste and misconduct. Here are just a few of the topics you'll find at the Department of Justice: How to Combat Terrorism, Uphold Civil Rights & Liberties, End Violence Against Women, and much more. You can also sign up for email updates to keep track of the latest law and order news that affects the nation. The Department of Justice also has a presence on several of the major social media platforms.

Spotcrime

SpotCrime provides a map of crime hot spots for hundreds of different cities around the United States. Click on your state and find the city you're looking for or give the website permission to determine your location, and then read the map legend to figure out what kind of crimes are represented on the map. You're able to browse by state here, and you can submit crime information if you have it.