Accessing arrest records from Columbus, Ohio

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Getting your hands on warrants information and details about arrests in Columbus, OH

Although it is the seat of Franklin County, the City of Columbus encompasses areas of 3 other counties as well. This explains why it’s so hard to access information even on recent arrests in Columbus. Of course, the local police could have made life easy for those interested in arrests records.

But, that’s not how the law enforcement agency works. Instead, when it comes to the dissemination of data pertaining to Columbus arrests, they leave the job to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, which provides correctional support to the agency. Similarly, when it comes to a warrant search, this task is left to the office of the Clerk of Court of Franklin County. So, continue reading to know how you can access the arrests records and a warrant check facility from these agencies.

How do you find the arrest log for Columbus City?

As stated, information on recent arrests in Columbus is available with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. The agency is in charge of the intake process of all those arrested in the City. They offer a free inmate lookup tool at If you have the name of an inmate, even if it is just the last name, you can look up information such as:

  • The booking and inmate number
  • Full name
  • Correctional status
  • Gender, race
  • Location

If you click on the link that reads “Details”, you can access the arrest report for the City of Columbus and Franklin County for this individual, including mugshots, dates of all Columbus arrests that involved this person and a description of the charges against him.

 If you want to know about recent arrests in Columbus, you can get details on persons taken into custody in the last 24 to 48 hours by using the arraignment reports offered by the local courts. These can be accessed at

Who should you approach for a warrant lookup in Columbus?

You can access the partial warrants database for the City of Columbus by using the most wanted list posted on the website of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at On the same page, you will also find information on nonsupport arrest warrants.

However, if you want to initiate a proper warrant check in the name of the subject, this is best done by using the case search facility offered on website of the Municipal Clerk of Franklin County. This service is available at

Crime stats for Columbus, OH

On average, the local police handle about 37,000 criminal complaints each year. Of these cases, over 31,000 are property related and approximately, 4500 are violent crimes. In terms of crime average, at nearly 5 cases/1000 persons, the violent crime rate of Columbus stands at twice that of Ohio. It is also significantly higher than the national average of 3.8 cases/1000 residents.

The city fares better when it comes to property crimes, with an average of 35 incidents/1000 people against the approximately 22-incident rate of Ohio and the United States. Overall, thefts and burglaries account for the majority of property crimes while assaults and robberies are responsible for most complaints filed in the violent crime’s category.