Enter Group A Arrestee Data
Arrestee data is to be reported for all persons apprehended for the commission of Group A or Group B crimes, that is, all offenses except Justifiable Homicide (not a crime). Listings of the Group A, along with their definitions can be found in the Group A UCR Codes Link .
It must be remembered that the object of this data set is to collect data on persons arrested, not on charges lodged. For example, a person may be arrested on several charges in connection with the same incident; in this situation, only one set of arrestee data would be reported, again, if the offenses involved were in connection with one incident. Likewise, one person may be arrested many times during a given span for similar or different violations within a jurisdiction. Because of a separation of time between the arrests, a set of arrestee data is to be reported for each separate arrest. Again, more than one charge could be lodged during the individual arrests, but only one set of arrestee data would be reported for each crime incident.
The arrestee data to be reported describes the arrestee (e.g., his/her age, sex, race, etc.) and the circumstances of the arrest. Data is to be recorded for each of the (up to 99) arrestees involved in each incident. If there were no arrestees, no report is required. The PSP and the FBI will automatically clear Group A crime incidents upon receipt of the first set of data for any arrestee connected with an incident.
Record arrest data on all persons processed by arrest, citation, or summons for committing an offense within the reporting jurisdiction. Include:
1. Those persons arrested and released without a formal charge being placed against them. (An arrest occurred when a law enforcement officer detains an adult with the intention of seeking charges against the person for a specific offense(s) and a record is made of the detention.)
2. Juveniles taken into custody or arrested but merely warned and released without being charged.
Data on persons taken into custody for other jurisdictions should not be reported by the arresting agency. The agency for which the arrest was made, i.e., the jurisdiction where the offense occurred, will report the arrestee data, and thus, duplication in reporting will be avoided. Most agencies will, of course, maintain a separate record of such arrests for administrative use.
Arrestee (Sequence) Number Group A
Each arrestee reported in a Group A Incident Report is to be assigned a sequence number from 01 to 99. In Group A Incident Reports, a separate set of arrestee data is to be supplied for each numbered arrestee.
Example: If two persons were arrested for a commission of a robbery, one arrestee would be numbered "01" and the other "02".
Arrest (Transaction) Number Group A
This number is assigned by your agency to an arrest report to identify it uniquely. It may be the Incident Number relating to the arrest or a separate arrest transaction number. It is assigned by the reporting agency and is used solely to identify the arrest and link it with other reports. The number may be up to 12 characters in length. PA-IBR will use the "sequence number" to uniquely identify the arrestees.
Arrest Date Group A
The month, day, and year (MM/DD/CCYY) the arrest took place are to be reported.
Example: If an arrest was made on July 23, 1999, the report would be "07/23/1999".
Type of Arrest Group A
Describe the type of apprehension (at the time of initial contact with the arrestee) by selecting one of the following:
On-View Arrest - taken into custody without a warrant or previous incident report
Summoned/Cited - not taken into custody
Taken into Custody - based on warrant and/or previously submitted incident report
Example (1); A female was arrested without a warrant while in the act of soliciting for prostitution on a street corner. The report would be "On View Arrest".
Example (2): A man was summoned to appear in court. The report would be "Summoned/Cited".
Example (3): A suspect was taken into custody as a result of a complaint being filed, an investigation being conducted, and a warrant being issued. The report should be "Taken into Custody".
Multiple Arrestee Segments Indicator Group A
This information helps ensure that an arrestee (person) is counted only once when a single apprehension results in the submission of arrestee data for more than one Group A Incident Report for your jurisdiction. That is, the arrestee was involved in more than one incident, and his/her arrest data are duplicated in each Group A Incident Report. In such situations, "Count" arrestee is to be recorded in one set of arrestee data. "Multiple" is recorded in all other Group A Incident Reports containing data on this arrestee.
Example: After a suspect's arrest for robbery, it was learned that he was also the perpetrator of five additional robberies within the jurisdiction. A set of arrestee data should be reported for each of the six robberies. Five of the Group A Arrestee records should have "multiple" and one "Count" arrestee.
This process will, again, allow PA-IBR to Identify that one arrestee is involved in multiple Group A offenses and only count the arrestee (person) once. Any of the six-arrestee segments will result in clearing a Group A offense if no other earlier arrests were made in connection with the incidents.
Arrest Offense Code
The three-digit NIBRS UCR Offense Code of the offense for which the arrestee was apprehended is to be reported. There are 57 possible code entries, as the perpetrator may have been arrested for any of the 46 Group "A" offenses ot any of the 11 Group "B" crime categories.
Usually there is only one crime classification involved in an arrest. If the arrestee was apprehended for more than one offense, the reporting agency is to determine which was the most serious offense and report it as the arrest offense. In the UCR Download Area the NIBRS Statute Cross-Reference Link will assist as a general guide in determining whether the arrest offense is a Group A offense. A Group B offense code can be recorded even for Group A Incident Reports, as long as the Group B offense was, in the view of the reporting agency, the most serious arrest offense. Remember, any arrest (regardless of arrest offense reported) made in connection with a Group A Incident will result in its clearance.
Example (1): A perpetrator was arrested for both robbery and murder. The code for Murder and Nonnegligent Manslaughter, "09A", should be reported as the arrest offense.
Example (2): An arrest was made for Driving Under the Influence (DUI), a Group B offense. It was subsequently determined that the arrestee was wanted for a previously reported robbery. The arrest data would be reported in connection with the Group A Incident Report, relating to the robbery, but the arrest offense code would be "09D" or DUI. No Group B Arrest Report would be required.
Arrestee Was Armed With Group A
Indicates whether the arrestee was armed with a commonly known weapon at the time of his/her apprehension. Up to two weapons can be reported.
If the weapon was an automatic firearm an "automatic" is to be appended to the weapon type. An "automatic firearm" is defined as any firearm that shoots, or is designed to shoot, more than one shot at a time by a single pull of the trigger without manual reloading.
Up to two of the following weapon types can be recorded:
Firearm - type unknown
Other Firearm - type known, but not covered by allowed categories, e.g., Machine gun
Lethal Cutting Instrument - e.g., switchblade knife
Example (1): When apprehended, an arrestee had in his possession a 357-magnum handgun and a penknife. The handgun should be reported. Because the small pocketknife is not generally considered to be a "weapon", it does not qualify for reporting.
Example (2): A suspect resisted arrest using a liquor bottle and a chair as weapons before being subdued. The report should be "Unarmed". Although the arrestee used items as weapons, they were not commonly known weapons.
Example (3): If an arrestee was armed with an automatic assault rifle when apprehended, the report would be "Automatic Rifle".
Age of Arrestee Group A
The age of the arrestee is to be reported either as an exact number of years, a range of years, or an unknown. Record one of the following:
01 to 98 Years Old - Report the exact age
99 - Over 98 Years Old
00 - Unknown
Example (1): If the arrestee was 23 years old, report "23".
If the exact age of the arrestee is unknown, an age range can be reported. Any range of years is acceptable.
Example (2): An arrestee refused to give his date of birth but appeared to be 35 to 40 years old. A valid report would be "35 to 40" years old.
Sex of Arrestee Group A
The sex of the arrestee is to be indicated:
"Unknown" cannot be reported for sex of the arrestee.
Race of Arrestee Group A
Use only one of the following to indicate the race of the arrestee:
White - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, North Africa, or the Middle East.
Black - A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
American Indian or Alaskan Native - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North America and who maintain Culture identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition.
Asian or Pacific Islander - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the India subcontinent, or the Pacific Islands. This area includes, for example, China, India, Japan, Korea, the Philippine Islands, and Samoa.
Ethnicity of Arrestee Group A
For each arrestee, the ethnic origin is to be recorded as one of the following:
Hispanic Origin - A person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.
Not of Hispanic Origin
Example: If the victim was Cuban, report "Hispanic Origin".
Note: The racial and ethnic origin categories used in the UCR program were adopted from the S tatistical Policy Handbook published by the Office of Federal Statistical Policy and Standards, U.S. Department of Commerce.
Resident Status of Arrestee Group A
Record whether the arrestee was a resident or nonresident of the locality where the crime occurred. A resident is a person who maintains his/her permanent home for legal purposes in the locality (i.e., town, city, or community) where the crime took place. Federal, state, and county law enforcement agencies should base their determinations of residency on the town, city, or community where the crime occurred rather than their broader geographical jurisdictions.
The allowed categories are:
Example (1): The crime occurred in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the arrestee maintained legal resident in the city. The report would be "Resident".
Example (2): An offense took place in Harrisburg, but the arrestee maintained a legal resident in Philadelphia, report "Nonresident".
Disposition of Arrestee Under 18 Group A
The information to be reported in this category relates to law enforcement disposition of juveniles (age 17 or younger only) who are taken into custody or arrested. An adult is usually held for prosecution for some charge or is released for future handling in court. However, a juvenile, depending on the seriousness of the offense and the offender's criminal record, may be warned by the police and released to parents, relatives, friends, or guardians. Juveniles may also be referred to the probation department or some other branch of the juvenile court; to welfare agencies; to other law enforcement agencies; or in the case of serious offenders, to criminal or adult court by waiver of juvenile court.
The word "arrest" as it applies to juveniles is intended to mean the law enforcement handling of all juveniles (under age 18) who have committed a crime and are taken into custody under such circumstances that, if the juvenile were an adult, an arrest would have been reported. Police "contacts" with juveniles where no offense has been committed and instances where juveniles are taken into custody for their own protection, should not be recorded as arrests.
One of the following is to be reported only for arrestees less than 18 years of age:
Handled Within Department - e.g., released to parents; released with warning
Referred to Other Authorities - e.g., turned over to juvenile court, probation department, welfare agency, other police agency, criminal or adult court
Example (1): The arrestee, age 13, who is taken into custody for vandalizing a school, is released to his parents with a warning. The report would be "Handled Within Department".
Example (2): The arrestee, age 17, who is arrested for murder to be tried as an adult. The report would be "referred to Other Authorities".
Juvenile Arrest Reporting
For purposes of Uniform Crime Reporting, a juvenile should be counted as "arrested" when the circumstances are such that if he or she were an adult, an arrest would be reported. Juvenile arrests should be reported under the classification of the offense for which they were taken into custody. For example, if a juvenile is arrested for committing an offense of larceny, the arrest offense should be reported as Larceny/Theft, even though the technical charge is "juvenile delinquency". Arrests should not be reported in cases of:
1. Police "contacts" with juveniles where no offense was committed.
2. Juveniles taken into custody for their own protection but no crime was committed (e.g., neglect cases).
Two of the Group B offenses are Curfew/Loitering/Vagrancy Violations and Runaway. Except for these two offenses, violations of local juvenile acts should be included in the All Other Offenses classification. Not only should "arrests" in the usual sense be included, but any situation where a young person, in lieu of an actual arrest, is summoned, cited or notified to appear before a juvenile or youth court or similar authority for a violation of the law should likewise be reported as an arrest.
It must be emphasized that only violations by young persons where some police or official action is taken beyond a mere interview, warning, or admonishment should be reported. For example, children playing ball in the street who are instructed by an officer to go to the playground for such activity would not be counted as "arrested" any more than would an adult who is only warned against burning leaves on a windy day. Do not include those situations where young persons have committed no violation but are taken into custody because their welfare is endangered. "Callbacks" or "follow-up contacts" with young offenders by officers for the purpose of determining their progress should not be counted as "arrests". It is useful to understand that statistics are being gathered to measure law enforcement problems, not juvenile court activity.
In a situation where juvenile records are not readily available because they are kept in a juvenile bureau, youth bureau, or other specific office, statistical compilation problems involving juveniles can normally be resolved in one of the following ways:
1. The "arrest" report (or copy) can be routed by juvenile or youth offices through the main records operation to allow for retrieval of the necessary information.
2. A statistical slip showing the required NIBRS information but not the name can be routed to the employee who prepares NIBRS arrestee reports.
After entering the data for the Group A Arrestee Offense Screen, click on the "Add" button. The data you entered will be displayed on a recap line, under the data entry area.
Notice that the "Group A Arrestee " data is displayed as per PA-IBR guidelines. This recap area provides a review area for Group A Arrestee Screen data, and the ability to change or delete the data entered. If during review it is discovered that erroneous data were entered for an offense click the "Change" link in the Action column. The line will move from the recap area back to the data entry area, where the data can be corrected.
After correction, click the "Save" button, and the data will move back to the recap area.
To delete a line from the recap area, select the line by clicking on "Remove" link in the "Action" column next to the Group A Arrestee data to delete.
You will be presented with a confirmation screen. Click the "OK" button to proceed with the delete.
The "Cancel" button to stop the delete process. The data will be removed from the recap area.
Need Help Link
At any time during the data input, Help for the completion of Group A Arrestee Screen is available by clicking on the "Need Help?" link on the bottom of the page.
Save Submission Link
Clicking on the "Save Submission " link will save all data entered up to that point, in the event you are not able to complete entering all data for the current month's Incident Report in one session.
Clicking the "Continue" link will signal the system that you have completed entering Group A Arrestee data. The system will verify the data that has been entered, and return any errors for correction before moving to the next screen.