Hayward Arrest, Court, and Public Records
The Hayward Police Department provides public access to crime maps and other statistics. According to data released for 2017, the city recorded a total of 5,586 reported incidents. Larceny-theft was the most common crime with 2,740 incidents. It made up 48.7% of total crimes, while auto thefts and burglaries made up 32% and 8.6% respectively. Compared to 2016, the total crime rate increased by 8%. Property crimes increased by 9% while violent crimes decreased by 1%. The city recorded a daily average of 9.48 crimes for every 100,000 residents, making its overall crime rate 26% higher than the national average.
The Hayward Police Department serves as the main law enforcement agency for the city. It also provides public access to a variety of records, including crime reports, accident reports and more.
Who Can Request a Police Report?
In compliance with California laws, access to some police reports may be restricted to only authorized applicants. Requests can be made by witnesses or victims of a crime, insurance carriers, or legal representatives of victims. Requests for juvenile information will require the permission of the presiding judge of Juvenile court.
How to Obtain Police Reports
Eligible parties can obtain police reports by submitting a request form in person or by mail to:
Hayward Police Department - Front Counter
300 West Winton Avenue
Hayward, CA 94544
The office opens for in-person requests from Monday to Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Submitted requests should include as much relevant information as possible, including the type of incident, police report number, date and time of the event, and the name of the requester. The department charges $16.00 for crime and vehicle accident reports. Clearance letters cost $38.00. Residents can also request public police records using the California Public Records Act (CPRA) requests platform. Using this service will require an active account.
How to find Jail/Inmate Information
The Hayward Police maintains a detention facility that operates around the clock. City residents can locate or obtain information on individuals currently held in city jail using the office’s inmate locator service. It allows for searches by name, sex, and date of birth. Information may also be obtained by visiting the police department jail at:
300 W. Winton Ave.
Hayward, CA 94544
Records of persons held in County jail can be obtained by contacting the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. It maintains an online inmate locator tool that allows for searches by name (first and last) or PFN (personal file number).
The City of Hayward falls under the jurisdiction of the Superior Court of California for the County of Alameda. Members of the public can obtain court records by contacting the clerk’s office at:
Hayward Hall of Justice
24405 Amador Street
Hayward, CA 94544
The office opens between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday. Non-confidential criminal case documents may be viewed in person. Residents can also obtain case information using the court’s SmartSearch online records portal. Accepted search criteria include a full name or record number. Interested parties can also request copies of criminal records online by completing the court’s records request form. To use this system, users will be required to create an account.
Vital records for Hayward, California can be obtained at the county and state level. Eligible members of the public may apply for birth certificates, death certificates, and records of domestic partnership. A government-issued I.D may be required for most records.
How to Obtain Divorce Records
Records of divorce decrees issued within the county can be obtained at the Alameda County Superior Court. Requests can be made by mail or in person. Divorce records cost $15 for a certified copy of a domestic partner dissolution request made by an applicant and $10 when the request is made by a public agency.
How to Obtain Verification Letters
The California Department of Public Health Vital Record office processes requests for divorce verification letters. It maintains and issues certificates of record for divorces granted in the state between 1962 and 1984. Unlike divorce decrees, verification letters only contain general information, such as the court case number, names of the spouses (as at the time of the divorce), and the county where the divorce was filed.
How to Obtain Birth/Death Records
Authorized copies of birth and death records are only released to eligible persons, namely the individual on record and individuals directly related to the registrant, such as a spouse, sibling, child, parent or legal guardian. Records can be obtained by sending a notarized, written application with supportive documents to the:
Alameda County Clerk-Recorder's Office
1106 Madison Street
Oakland, CA 94607
The office charges $30.00 per copy for birth certificates and $23.00 per copy for death certificates. Payments must be paid in advance. In instances where a search doesn’t turn up any record, the office issues a "Certificate of No Record."