Computerized Criminal History – CCH

One of the responsibilities of municipal Detention Officers is to report offense information that is sent to The Texas Department of Public safety. This in conjunction with fingerprints and demographic information creates the arrestees Criminal History.
For Class C charges the offense is only reported to DPS.
For Class B and above charges, DPS reports the information to the FBI.

This is a general overview and is no subsitute for training and experience.

Reporting can be done electronically or manually. This information with fingerprints is the creation or the addition of the arestees RAP. RAP – Record of Arrest and Prosecution.

Offense Codes, I recommend using the spread sheet DPS provides. All documents are searchable. We have a sheet with our most frequently used offenses at our department and class C offense codes near our live scan fingerprint machine.

“Each offense code is associated with the specific Texas Statute and Citation where the level and degree of the offense is stated. The version of the offense codes is updated after every legislative session and the most up to date and current list of the offense codes can be found on this page.” – DPS website

The guide to completing the CR-43 [charge], CR-44 [additional charges] and how to make corrections.

The page where you can find out what abbreviations are used for reporting codes. This can be intimidating to new Detention Officers.

Consular Notification

Immigration has become a very prominent social, political and detention topic. MJAT is not a political organization however every agency should have Consular notification process in place.

Our agency has made consular notification part of the booking process. Magistrates also will ask the same questions during arraignment. We do it at booking.

I recommend ordering the guides and pocket cards from State as it will be a quick reference for staff. 

This is a basic overview of how the process works:
1. The arrestee is asked if they are a US citizen.
2. If they answer No we ask what Country they are a citizen of.
3. We print out a Consular Notification form. The guide has forms is different languages if needed.
4. We have the arrestee read and sign the form as their notification.
5. If the arestee wants their consulate notified we fax a cover sheet and the notification form to the respective consulate. For mandatory countries we fax the form.
We have added the forms in English and Spanish to our RMS system so we can print them out with the arestees demographic information.

TL:DR Mandatory Consular notification is required for foreign nationals arrested or detained. Some Countries have optional and mandatory notification.