Creating an Arrest Alert System: IDENTIFYING TARGETS AND MANAGING INFORMATION FLOW

New York County (Manhattan) District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. created the Crime Strategies Unit to develop and implement intelligence-driven prosecution strategies. Among the new strategies the Unit developed was the Arrest Alert system, customized software that notifies prosecutors by email of priority arrests involving a specific individual, a specific charge, or a specific arrest location. By swiftly alerting prosecutors of high-priority arrests, the system ensures that prosecutors have detailed and updated information to make the most appropriate charging decisions, bail applications, and sentencing recommendations.

This fact sheet is the second of five about creating an arrest alert system. “Identifying Targets and Managing Information Flow” helps planners anticipate and address key decisions about accessing arrest data and managing the flow of sensitive information.