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  • What protocol do you follow to make an arrest?

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    In our city you only need to get PC Authorization from a Sgt when you are making a Gross Mis. or Felony Arrest, unless it is a warrant arrest or you have observable PC such as a DWI driver that was involved in an accident.


    We make all of our misdemeanor arrests on our own volition.


    I've heard that some have to call an ADA to get authorization for a misdemeanor arrest and other such things. I couldn't imagine having to call an ADA or AD for authorization to make an arrest. The only time we talk to an ADA or DA is after an arrest.


    I've read that some arrests take hours to complete. Unless it's a PC arrest (that only takes longer because of a little longer report) most of our arrests are completed in 20 to 30 minutes with booking at the jail (County Jail and I work for a City) and less then 50 minutes to an hour if you include the report. Note, we do not do investigate the case, that is up to homicide, property crimes, narc or whatever the case maybe.






    What is the protocol for your department in making an arrest?





    What are some of the most outrageous that you know of?




    How long does it take?




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  • #2
    I don't have a policy that directs that I call my supervisor or the Sheriff. I'm expected to make my own calls on arrests. If it is a goofy situation I'll certainly consult them. Sometimes there are the unwritten rules that get applied. Situation usually dictates what is going to happen.

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    • #3
      If someone needs arresting, I oblige, nothing further.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by leesrt View Post
        If someone needs arresting, I oblige, nothing further.
        Yeah that's about it. We don't need supervisors approval or anything like that. Most cases we investigate ourselves when the suspect is on hand and we're going to arrest him. The only difference when we would call detectives to come out even if we have the suspect would be things like homicide, rape, and sometimes home invasion... depending on how crazy it is.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by StudChris View Post
          Yeah that's about it. We don't need supervisors approval or anything like that. Most cases we investigate ourselves when the suspect is on hand and we're going to arrest him. The only difference when we would call detectives to come out even if we have the suspect would be things like homicide, rape, and sometimes home invasion... depending on how crazy it is.
          Pretty much the same here. If we don't get them right away we get a warrant later.
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          • #6
            We make the arrest and advise dispatch that we have someone in custody, and what the primary charge is. The sergeant copies, and that's often his only involvement until he, or the sergeant on the next shift, reads the report hours later. They put us through the academy, field training and in-service training, and trust us to make our own decisions. Only Phase I trainees need to have someone looking over their shoulder micromanaging and giving permission to make an arrest.
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            • #7
              Detect, observe, evaluate and arrest!

              The only time we go for a warrant or complaint is for prosecution of traffic collisions or other non-observed crimes which result in identifying an at fault party through the course of an investigation.
              Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence!

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              • #8
                I arrest them. That's it. Doesn't matter what the charge is. The ONLY time I consult with the DA prior to is when 1) its another Officer 2) its someone from the courts (lawyer, clerk, etc) or 3) some case when I know its rather on the fence and I'll check with them to see if I should even bother. None of that happens very frequently.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by wirefire2 View Post
                  I don't have a policy that directs that I call my supervisor or the Sheriff. I'm expected to make my own calls on arrests. If it is a goofy situation I'll certainly consult them. Sometimes there are the unwritten rules that get applied. Situation usually dictates what is going to happen.
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                  • #10
                    What, no insighful input from Defender77?
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                    • #11
                      All of our arrests must be approved by a watch commander prior to booking. We make the arrest in the field, after we arrive at the station you present the arrest to the W/C who ensures you are booking under proper sections and so forth.

                      Depending on the crime, at times you need to get booking advisement from a detective.

                      LAPD jails are the slowest in the country, they take forever and our jailers are LAZY.... no, they are LAZY

                      Our booking process in the jail can take anywhere from 20minutes to 3 hours on a busy night. LAPD could save the city a ton of overtime and keep more cops on the streets if they changed their policy on the jail process.

                      A basic arrest report will take about 15 minutes, complicated arrest reports can take hours upon hours. I once had a 20 page narcotics report with 9 suspects.

                      If everything goes smoothly at the jail and the subject is cooperative, a warrant arrest will take about an hour from the time of the stop until i'm back out on the street, a simple DUI with a report can be done in two hours from the time of the stop.
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                      • #12
                        We make the arrest in the field based on our own judgment. If in doubt, we would call a field supervisor and run our arrest by him. At the station we write a probable cause declaration (PCD), which must be approved by a watch Sgt for all misd arrest. a felony arrest must be approved by w/sgt and w/commander.

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                        • #13
                          Saw suspect commit crime, arrested same.

                          No supervisory approval required for arrest, felony or misdemeanor.

                          Warrant arrests: County booking form, warrant is abstracted to county jail, in-house booking (10 min)

                          Fresh Felony arrest: County booking form, probable cause declaration, in-house booking (10 min), crime report (30-90 minutes)

                          Fresh misdemeanor arrest (to county jail): County booking form, probable cause declaration, in-house booking (10 min), crime report (30-90 minutes).

                          Fresh misdemenor arrest (cite-out): County booking form, in-house booking (10-min), crime report (30-90 minutes).

                          Supervisor will jump in if you request one, or there is something funky with the circs. Supervisors may override on a misdemenor arrest and "suggest" you cite and release vs transport to county.

                          Drive to county jail takes about 15 minutes, booking takes 15-30 minutes depending on how many people are ahead of you (wait usually isn't very long) and drive back is, obviously 15.

                          An arrest for a fresh charge usually takes 2 or so hours from arrest to report completion. A warrant arrest typically takes an hour or so.
                          Last edited by Blizzination; 11-03-2009, 12:15 AM.

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                          • #14
                            Just do the paperwork and call for a wagon.
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                            • #15
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                              Seems a lot of the replies have been that most have a pretty simple arrest protocol. I've seen some more complicated ones like these:


                              http://forums.officer.com/forums/sho...&highlight=ADA



                              Originally posted by NYCTNT View Post
                              Basically here is the run down..

                              Take prisoner back to the command,

                              Start on the arrest paperwork(which is mostly online, but only internally online).

                              Fax said "online arrest report" to the ADA office.

                              Fingerprint subject.

                              Voucher subjects belongings.

                              Transport prisoner to jail.

                              Wait.

                              Wait.

                              Wait.

                              Wait.

                              Wait.

                              Ring, ring.

                              Hello officer this is ADA COLLEGEKIDOPOLUS. Yes ADA, it happened like this.. bla bla bla.

                              OK officer I will fax over the affidavit to you to sign, sign it and fax it back.

                              OK.

                              Wait.

                              Wait.

                              Wait.

                              FAX comes in, fax it back.

                              NOW we are done.

                              Only certain crimes do not need a ADA's "approval". We have these forms that are prefilled and we just fill in the blanks. We fax it over and we are done as soon as we wish.

                              So once the prisoner is sent to "jail"(court), its up to them if they want to continue it or drop it. If it happens in the PCT, then whatever. Although the decline prosecutions go on your personal record.


                              If the ADA is CLOSED, then we must wait until 830AM to even get in touch with one to review the case.

                              Wow......where off at 6:30am.......if your off by then, do you have to wait for the ADA?

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