Effective Date: 01/01/2015
This policy applies when any on-duty or off-duty officer arrests a person. For stops and detentions, see 6.220 - Voluntary Contacts, Terry Stops and Detentions.
Employees shall not engage in enforcement, investigative or administrative
functions that create conflicts of interest or the appearance of conflicts of
interest. (See 5.001 - Standards and Duties.)
1. Officers are Required to Report Arrests
An officer will notify a sergeant and complete a General Offense Report (GO), or a supplemental to an existing GO, for any arrest.
In addition to all other pertinent information, the report shall include the name of the sergeant who reviewed the incident and the location where the review took place.
If an officer arrests a subject but then discovers that probable cause for
the arrest no longer exists, the officer may not extend the subject's
detention to await the arrival of or screening with a supervisor. The officer
shall immediately release the subject.
Incidents where a subject has been arrested and then released shall be
documented in a General Offense Report.
2. Sergeants Must Screen Arrests In Person Prior to Booking
The sergeant shall review the incident in person prior to the booking or release of the person detained.
When a sergeant is the primary officer, a different sergeant or above will review the incident.
3. Screening Sergeant Will Approve Report
The same sergeant that screened the arrest will be the one to review all documentation related to the incident.
Exception: Another sergeant may review the documentation if it is impractical for the initial sergeant to do so. The screening sergeant will locate an alternate to perform the review and will inform the reporting officer of the change.
The screening sergeant will complete the screening supplemental for the GO. The supplemental form is available in the Versaterm Mobile Report Entry (MRE) templates.
4. Reports Must Be Completed by End of Shift
The primary officer will complete the GO or Street Check as soon as practical after the arrest or detention, and in all cases, before going out of service.
For all bookings, officers shall directly notify the screening sergeant after the report has been sent. The sergeant will review the arrest report immediately for approval. See 6.010-PRO-1.
5. Felony Arrests Require a VMail and Alert Packet
For felony arrests, officers shall complete an alert packet. See 6.010-TSK-2.
Sergeants will send a VMAIL titled “Alert Packet” to the responsible investigative unit handle and the HALERT handle. See 6.010-PRO-1.
6.010-PRO-1 Officer Reporting the Arrest
1. Arrests a person.
2. Notifies sergeant of the arrest.
3. Screens the incident. See 6.010-TSK-1.
4. Completes a GO Report.
a. For booking, also completes a superform.
b. For felony arrests, also completes an alert packet. See 6.010-TSK-2.
5. Sends the completed GO when finished.
6. Notifies the screening sergeant that the completed report has been sent.
7. Routes the report to the Data Center for transcription.
a. For felony bookings, sends a VMAIL titled “Alert Packet” to the responsible investigative unit handle and the HALERT handle.
Data Center Unit
8. Transcribes the report.
6.010-TSK-1 Sergeant Screening and Approving An Arrest
When screening an arrest or detention, the sergeant:
1. Reviews, in person with the arresting officer, the circumstances surrounding the incident and the physical condition of the person arrested or detained.
2. Determines the appropriateness of the offense charged and the disposition of the person arrested or detained.
3. Completes a supplemental using the screening template in MRE.
- This applies even if the subject is released.
4. Reviews the reports for completeness.
5. For felony arrests, sends a VMail to the Data Center with the GO number associated with the arrest.
6.010-TSK-2 Officer Assembling an Alert Packet
When completing an alert packet for a felony booking, the reporting officer:
1. Compiles copies of any paper documents from the investigation, and a printout of the E-Superform. This does not include the GO or supplementals entered via MRE.
a. For narcotics cases, includes a Certification of Probable Cause-Narcotics with an original signature in blue ink.
2. Sends the packet to the appropriate follow up unit using the orange alert sticker on the front of the envelope.
3. Routes original paper documents to Data Center through normal distribution processes.
4. Completes a supplemental report if additional alert packet information becomes available.
a. Follows the same alert packet procedures to forward the new information.