By Lori Spencer
Whether you are looking for a copy of a police report, researching a potential job applicant, doing a criminal background check on a new dating partner, or just want to find out what law enforcement agencies have in their files about you, law enforcement records are fairly easy to get at little to no cost.
In the United States, this is usually done through submitting a written request for the records under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act and/or the Privacy Act. Since criminal records are considered a matter of public interest and safety, every individual is allowed to request them for any reason. The government agency is not allowed to ask you why you want the records.