Duty SGT. Deciding what reports get passed on to D.A?

Many Departments take all but violent crimes by computer filings. Then they are screened by the duty SGT. Who decides which if any get to the DA for review. What's going on here?

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  • 2 years ago
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    In such a scenario, the person passing on the reports to the DA would screen them. Probably using a basic checklist... beginning with "did an actual offense occur?". If you can check that off the list, then you look at "solvability factors". Is there a named suspect? Is there evidence to support the accusation? Got video? Can a suspect be identified with a little investigative work by Detectives?

    DA's receive many more cases than they actually pursue, and the police take many more reports than what they send to the DA. A case of, say, felony hit and run with no eyewitnesses, no video, no physical evidence other than the damage to property, is probably not going anywhere past the Sgt's desk. A gunfight with neighbors will probably get looked at a little closer by both.

    Also, in most departments the Detective Unit passes cases off to the DA, not the desk sgt or field sgt.

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