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Cumberland County Arrest Records

Cumberland arrest records are official law enforcement documents describing the circumstances surrounding arrests in Cumberland County, North Carolina. An arrest becomes necessary if an individual commits a crime or law enforcement has evidence that a person will commit a crime.

Law enforcement generates arrest records while maintaining law and order. In Cumberland County, the Sheriff's OfficeFayetteville Police DepartmentNorth Carolina State Highway Patrol, and local police departments generate arrest records in their lines of duty. Cumberland County houses detainees at the Cumberland County Detention Center. Typically, an arrest in Cumberland County may become part of Cumberland County Court Records if a case that resulted in the arrests proceeds to a Cumberland County court.

Are Arrest Records Public in Cumberland County?

Arrest records are public in Cumberland County. Per Chapter 32 of the North Carolina Statutes, public records (including Cumberland County arrest records) are the people's property. Such records are generally accessible unless otherwise stated by law.

However, North Carolina laws exempt public access to juvenile, sealed, and expunged arrest records. To access Cumberland County exempted arrest records, individuals must prove eligibility. For instance, Cumberland County juvenile arrest records are accessible to the owner of the record, their parents or guardians, and legal representatives; everyone else needs a court order to access them. Also, sealed and expunged arrest records may be accessible to law enforcement and authorized agencies.

What Do Public Arrest Records Contain?

An arrest record gives details of the circumstances under which law enforcement takes an individual into custody. An arrest record information includes

  • Full name, date of birth, and physical description of an arrestee
  • Date, time, and location of arrest
  • Arresting agency
  • Name and badge number of the arresting officers
  • Charges against the arrestee
  • Booking information such as fingerprints, mugshots, and booking number
  • Bail amount (if applicable) and conditions for release
  • Date of appearance in court (if applicable).

Cumberland County Crime Rate

Larceny theft is the most recurring crime in Cumberland County. Data from the

North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation shows that larceny-theft accounted for 5,417 of the 9,294 crimes reported in Fayetteville in 2022 (Fayetteville is the largest city in Cumberland County and accounts for 61% of the county's population). In the same year, larceny-theft accounted for 1,022 of the 1,938 cases reported by the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office. Also, 6,185 larceny-theft crimes in 10,790 cases reported for 2021. The tables below show the crime index offense for Cumberland County Sheriff's Office and Fayetteville Police Department, as well as the crime rates per 100,000 persons living in Cumberland County between 2018 and 2022.

Cumberland County Crime Index Offense 2018 to 2022

Year Total Violent Property Murder Rape Robbery Aggravated Assault Burglary Larceny-theft Motor Vehicle Theft Arson
2022 1,938 429 1,509 6 30 39 354 291 1,022 150 46
2021 2,656 566 2,090 8 41 64 453 395 1,438 191 66
2020 2,757 567 2,190 8 44 83 432 532 1,439 166 63
2019 2,512 376 2,136 3 44 67 262 499 1,412 160 65
2018 - - - - - - - - - - -

Data Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Fayetteville Crime Index Offense 2018 to 2022

Year Total Index Violent Property Murder Rape Robbery Aggravated Assault Burglary Larceny-theft Motor Vehicle Theft Arson
2022 9,294 2,034 7,251 34 90 242 1,677 1,322 5,417 512 74
2021 8,136 2,019 6,117 47 80 239 1,653 960 4,747 410 57
2020 9,389 2,091 7,298 30 95 262 1,704 1,371 5,511 416 47
2019 9,310 1,839 7,471 24 121 280 1,414 1,416 5,694 361 56
2018 9,016 1,668 7,348 21 91 254 1,311 1,595 5,371 382 55

Data Source: North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation

Cumberland County Crime Rate per 100,000 Between 2018 and 2022

Year Index Crime Rate Violent Crime Rate Property Crime Rate
2022 3,825.5 849.1 2,976.4
2021 3,760.9 931.5 2,829.4
2020 4,208.5 948.9 3,259.6
2019 4,177.0 792.0 3,385.1
2018 4,202.9 724.0 3,478.9

Data Source: North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

Cumberland County Arrest Statistics

Data from the FBI show a decline in the number of arrests in Cumberland County between 2018 and 2022 (except for a rise in the number of arrests in 2021). Per the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, there were 534 arrests in areas under its jurisdiction in 2022, less than the 732 arrests reported in 2021. The table below shows the variation in arrest trends in Cumberland County between 2018 and 2022.

Cumber County Arrests Between 2018 and 2022

Year Number of Arrests
2022 534
2021 732
2020 695
2019 1,048
2018 4,042

Data Source: FBI Crime Explorer.

Find Cumberland County Arrest Records

There are several ways to source information on Cumberland County arrests. Arrest Records are available through the following agencies.

North Carolina Administrative Office of Courts (AOC)

  • Visit the North Carolina Judicial Branch's District and Superior Court Search Page
  • Scroll down and select Cumberland County from the menu
  • Click Both under the Court header
  • Enter the name of the person of interest to view their criminal records in the search tool. Arrests are typically included in criminal records.

Cumberland County Sheriff's Office

  • Log in to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office website
  • Locate the Active Inmates' Lookup page and use names to access inmate records (including their arrest records)
  • Log in to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office Incident Reports page and use date to search for information on different types of crimes

In-person Request

To make a public request for Cumberland County arrest records, call or visit the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office or the Cumberland County Clerk of Court at the following addresses:

Cumberland County Sheriff's Office
131 Dick Street
NC 28301
Phone: (910) 323-1500

Cumberland County Clerk of Court
117 Dick Street
NC 28301
Phone: (910) 678-2900

Free Arrest Record Search in Cumberland County

To obtain free information on Cumberland County arrest records, visit any of the following websites and use the online search tools:

  • The Cumberland County Active Inmates Lookup Portal
  • The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office Incident Report Center page
  • The North Carolina Judicial Branch District and Superior Court Search page.

Also, requesters can search third-party websites for free information on Cumberland County arrest records (some private websites may offer basic law enforcement information for free), or visit public libraries to look for information on Cumberland County arrest records.

Get Cumberland County Criminal Records

Cumberland County criminal records are official documents that provide comprehensive details of individuals' criminal histories within Cumberland County, NC. Generally, criminal records encompass arrest records and details of court proceedings, conviction, sentencing, incarceration, probation, and parole.

To access Cumberland County criminal records:

  • Visit the Cumberland County Active Inmates Lookup page to view the criminal records of detainees
  • Search for criminal records through the North Carolina Judicial Branch's District and Superior Court Search Page
  • Log in to the North Carolina Department Of Adult Correction Offender Public Information/Offender Locator and search for Cumberland County criminal records by name or the offender's ID.
  • Visit the North Carolina Judicial Branch Criminal Background Check page, download form AOC-CR-314, fill it out, include a $25 check or money order for the access fee, and mail it to the Cumberland County Clerk of Court Office.
  • Visit the Cumberland Sheriff's or Clerk of Court office and request access to criminal records.

Requesters should note that public records requests in Cumberland County may involve access fee payments.

Cumberland County Arrest Records Vs. Criminal Records

In Cumberland County and the rest of North Carolina, arrest and criminal records document the activities of law enforcement and courts in enforcing law and order in society. However, there are several distinctions between both records. The list below outlines some differences between an arrest and a criminal record.


  • Arrest records are documents law enforcement creates when they take a person into custody. They give details of an arrest and the individual arrested.
  • Criminal records are comprehensive details of individuals' criminal histories. It encompasses arrest, trial, conviction, sentencing, incarceration, probation, and parole records.


  • Arrest records information includes:
    • The arrestee's personal information (these include name, gender, date of birth, and address)
    • Reasons for arrest
    • Details of arrest (time, date, and location of arrest)
    • Booking information (this includes fingerprints, mugshots, and any personal item confiscated while processing the arrestee
    • Name of the arresting agency
    • Release information
  • Criminal records contain information on all the crimes an individual commits, their interactions with the judicial system, and the consequences of their criminal activities. Generally, it contains information on the arrest, conviction, sentencing, and incarceration information of the owner of the record.


  • Law enforcement uses arrest records to track individuals in custody. Arrest records do not confirm the guilt or innocence of arrestees.
  • Criminal records are crucial for checking criminal histories and can have long-term legal and social implementations.

How Long Do Arrests Stay on Your Record?

Generally, an arrest may stay on a record indefinitely. However, record owners may seal or remove an arrest from a record if they are eligible under North Carolina laws.

Expunge Cumberland County Arrest Records

The eligibility criteria for the expunction of arrest records in Cumberland and other North Carolina counties depends on the offense, the age of the petitioner at the time of the offense, and the outcome of the legal proceedings. Per Section 15A-145 of the North Carolina General Statutes, arrestees can request the court to remove an arrest from their records if they:

  • Committed misdemeanors or non-violent felony offenses and have completed the sentences resulting from their convictions
  • Are under 18 years old at the time of committing the crime
  • Are first-time offenders and must not be above 21 years old at the time of the offense. The individual must not commit any misdemeanor or felony offense other than traffic violations from the date of the release from incarceration
  • Are not guilty of the offenses.

To petition a court in Cumberland County to expunge an arrest record, do the following:

  • Gather all records relating to the arrest (criminal history records)
  • Download Form AOC-CR-287 from the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Court website
  • Fill out the form, indicate the appropriate North Carolina Statute that applies to the expunction, and include the criminal records.
  • Include a check/money order for $175.00 to cover the filing fees (the fee does not apply if the charges were dismissed or found not guilty)
  • Submit the petition to the Clerk of the Superior Court in Cumberland County.
  • Follow up on the petition while the court reviews it
  • Attend court hearing on the petition if the court schedules any
  • If the petition is successful, the court will order the relevant agencies to remove the records from public access.

Cumberland County Arrest Warrants

An arrest warrant is a legal document that authorizes law enforcement to take an individual into custody. A judge/magistrate of the Cumberland Superior or District Court may issue an arrest warrant if law enforcement or prosecutors prove probable cause of a crime or intention to commit a crime against an individual. Cumberland County arrest warrants work in compliance with Section 15A - 301, 302, 304, and 401 of the North Carolina General Statutes. Typically, an arrest warrant contains the following information:

  • Personal information of the suspect, including the name, physical description, and aliases
  • Details of the alleged offense and specific charges against the individual
  • An affidavit or statement that outlines probable cause for the arrest
  • Name of the court and issuing judge
  • Date of issuance and location of the court that issued the warrant
  • Instructions on how to execute the arrest. For instance, time constraints and permissible use of force.

Cumberland County Arrest Warrant Search

To find Cumberland County active arrest warrants:

  • Call the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office Fugitive/Warrants Division at (910) 672-5660 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or send an email to
  • Log in to the Fayetteville Police Department website and click the Most Wanted to look for active arrest warrants
  • Visit the Cumberland County Superior Court Clerk of Court Office and ask for information on active court-issued arrest warrants.

Do Cumberland County Arrest Warrants Expire?

In Cumberland County and the rest of the United States, An arrest record remains active until law enforcement apprehends the culprit. However, it will expire if a court recalls it or the person mentioned in the warrant dies.

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