If you have ever been arrested by police for any offence, you already have a police record which is publicly available information and can be accessed by anyone and at any time. This is possible because of the Freedom of Information Act, which states that the general public has the right to know about any arrests or any other information that may concern them in any way.
This also means that your full records, including any mugshots, are available online for anyone to use. Some companies have gone as far as to make publicly available databases that contain mugshots by criminals in certain areas (such as Tampa mugshots, for example). If you find that having your name and photo listed on a criminal database or website is hurting your reputation, you may want to look into ways to get these online records removed. Let’s get started.
The process of getting your information removed from an online database or website varies depending on what kind of site you are dealing with. A site like tampacriminals.com, for instance, might not agree to remove your mugshot, no matter what you do. With that said, it’s always a good idea to email the webmaster and politely ask them about what their removal procedures are and if there’s any way that they could remove your info from the site.
It’s important to realize that if your mugshot has been made public on any one website, there’s a very good chance that it’s also available on many other public background search databases. Removing your information from all of them will not be a very easy task, and sometimes might even be completely impossible.
Remember, however, that this only matter in cases where the page that contains your police records appears on the first page of Google search results. If your information is not readily available when searching through Google, there’s a very small chance that a prospective employer (or some other interested party) will ever find out about your police record. However, this is only true when searching through publicly available tools. If your employer requires a proper background check, there’s no way to completely erase your record from existence.