Warrant management procedures actioned faster by police
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.