Arrest

From a process modeling perspective, the arrest process is essentially uniform across different jurisdictions.

The following links provide Business Process Flow Diagrams for the Arrest Business Function:

Primary Flow
Arrest-Primary (png)
Arrest-Primary (bpm)

The sample process flow diagram was developed in standard Business Process Model and Notation using the Windows-based Bizagi Modeler tool and can be modified to represent the specific process in your jurisdiction. To download a free copy of the Bizagi Modeler tool, go to bizagi.com.

Primary Flow Description
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Law enforcement arrests an offender. 
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Law enforcement submits an arrest report to Booking.
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Booking performs fingerprinting and submits the fingerprint card to the Repository. 
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The Repository records the fingerprint card. 
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Law Enforcement reviews the charges and decides whether to (1) Drop the charges based on no record; (2) No referral or (3) Charge.
 
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If Law Enforcement decides to drop the charges (no record), the process stops. 
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If Law Enforcement makes a no referral decision, the no referral decision is submitted to the Repository, and 
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The Repository records the no referral decision.
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If Law Enforcement decides to charge, a charging referral is submitted to the Prosecution. 
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Prosecution receives and reviews the charging referral. 
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Prosecution makes a charging decision and decides whether to (1) Decline for further investigation; (2) File/amend charge or (3) File no charges. 
 
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If the prosecution decides to decline for further investigation, Prosecution submits the case file back to Law Enforcement. 
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Law enforcement conducts further investigation and decides whether to re-submit a referral for charging. 
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If the prosecution decides to file/amend charges or to file no charges, the filing is documented and a charge filing is submitted to the Court and Repository. 
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The Repository records the charge filing. 
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The Court receives the charge filing, reviews, adjudicates and disposes the charges. 
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The Repository records the charge disposition. 


The following table summarizes the responsibilities of each actor depicted in the business process flow:

Actor Responsibilities

Law Enforcement

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Arrests an offender
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Submits an arrest report to Booking
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Reviews the charges
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Decides to drop the charges, or
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Decides not to make a referral and submits a no referral decision to the Repository, or 
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Decides to charge and submits a charging referral to the Prosecution 
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If Prosecution Declines for further investigation, conducts further investigation and decides whether to resubmit a referral for charging 

Prosecution

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Receives and reviews the charging referral 
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Declines for further investigation and submits case file to law enforcement, or
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Decides to File/amend charge or to File no charge and submits decision to the Court and the Repository

Court

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Receives the charge filing from Prosecution
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Reviews the filing and decides whether to file charges
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Disposes the charges and submits a charge disposition to the Repository

Booking

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Receives arrest report
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Performs fingerprinting and submits the fingerprint card to the Repository
Repository 
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Records the fingerprint card 
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If Law Enforcement decides not to refer, records the No referral decision
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Records the charging decision 
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Records the charge disposition from the Court