War­rant man­age­ment pro­ce­dures ac­tioned faster by po­lice

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE -

IF you have bro­ken the law and have a war­rant out against you, then the long arm of the law may catch up with you sooner than you think.

A re­view of Vic­to­ria Po­lice’s war­rant man­age­ment pro­ce­dures has iden­ti­fied a need for a change to cur­rent pro­cesses to in­crease or­gan­i­sa­tion-wide vis­i­bil­ity of all out­stand­ing war­rants.

Cur­rently, court is­sued bench war­rants re­quire the war­rant and brief to be for­warded by the pros­e­cu­tor via a se­cure doc­u­ment ex­change ser­vice to the in­for­mant’s sta­tion.

Once the brief and war­rant is re­ceived at the sta­tion, the in­for­mant then has two weeks to at­tempt to ex­e­cute the war­rant.

If the war­rant is un­able to be ex­e­cuted af­ter two weeks, the in­for­mant sends the un­ex­e­cuted war­rant to the Vic­to­ria Po­lice’s Record Ser­vices Di­vi­sion, where it is en­tered into the Law En­force­ment As­sis­tance Pro­gram (LEAP).

At this stage the out­stand­ing war­rant is then vis­i­ble to all Vic­to­ria Po­lice em­ploy­ees for ex­e­cu­tion.

This cur­rent process re­sults in at least a two week de­lay be­fore all po­lice mem­bers are made aware of the ex­is­tence of an out­stand­ing war­rant.

The re­view recog­nised this in­ef­fi­cient process de­layed op­por­tu­ni­ties to ap­pre­hend of­fend­ers, and has the po­ten­tial to com­pro­mise com­mu­nity safety.

Vic­to­ria Po­lice will also im­ple­ment a longer term so­lu­tion, which in­volves the im­ple­men­ta­tion of tech­nol­ogy which would en­able im­me­di­ate upload of war­rants di­rect from the courts.

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