Creating Categories, Groups and Sub-groups

For ease of generating reports and organizing permissions and arrest notifications, an Arrest Alert System must be able to categorize defendants and their alerts. Generally, the ability to “nest” a defendant’s NYSID down to at least three levels is optimal7.

For example, one useful category encompasses all of the police precincts, or divisions, within a jurisdiction (Level I). Within the “Precincts” category, each individual police precinct within the jurisdiction would have its own group (Level II). Within each precinct group, sub-groups could be created to reflect crime issues specific to the precinct (Level III).

Another example of possible Category nesting is “Gangs - Manhattan” (Level I) grouped by gang name (Level II) and then organized by gang status (Level III).

A third categorization level useful in Manhattan is based on “Housing Locations” (Level I), grouped by development name (Level II), and organized by type of crime in which a person is engaged (Level III).

Organizationally, the Categories (Level I) and Groups (Level II) could be set up as expandable lists: