EPA STANDARDS: Pursuing Justice: Apprehend and Hold Offenders Accountable

Exemplary Policing Standard III. PURSUING JUSTICE: Apprehend and Hold Offenders Accountable. An Exemplary Policing Agency pursues justice for victims and their families by identifying and apprehending offenders so they are held accountable by the criminal justice system through prosecution and conviction.

IIIA. Priorities and Specific Objectives. An exemplary agency annually reviews clearance rate history and trends for UCR crimes and establishes specific overall community and neighborhood goals with respect to the identification, apprehension, prosecution and conviction of offenders as a measure of effectiveness.

IIIB. Complete and Credible Clearance Rates. Adopting protocols to assure that all arrests are associated with reported crimes and successful prosecutions and convictions.
          IIIB1. Multiple Clearances. The agency does not clear multiple offenses with the apprehension of a particular offender unless there is a confession or persuasive evidence (more probable            than not) that the offender committed other crimes that did not result in formal charges and conviction.

IIIC. Investigation and Identification. An exemplary agency employs professional policing and scientific methods to investigate reported crimes, including interrogating suspects, interviewing victims and witnesses, obtaining search warrants, computer research, and the use of scientific analytical and identification techniques to identify the perpetrators.

IIID. Apprehension and Arrest. An exemplary agency employs principles of procedural justice and Constitutional policing to achieve clearance rate objectives by making quality arrests of the perpetrators of reported crimes. The agency does not use arrest or citation quotas as a measure of officer productivity.

IIIE. Successful Prosecutions. An exemplary agency ensures that officers have the training and resources to provide the prosecutor with professionally organized and documented cases with sufficient admissible evidence to obtain a conviction or guilty plea for the crimes charged.
         IIID1. Dismissed Cases. If the prosecutor elects to dismiss a case either because of insufficient admissible evidence or other perceived impropriety by officers, the agency seeks a full         explanation of the decision to determine whether further discussion with the prosecutor or remedial training of investigators or arresting officers is justified.
       IIID2. Collecting and Reporting Prosecution and Conviction Data. The agency collects, reviews, and includes in its reporting, data on the percentage of arrests that resulted in voluntary dismissal, acquittal and conviction.

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