- Making a citizen’s arrest
1. Contact 911 or your local authorities. If you witness a crime
or suspect a crime is taking place, contact police to notify them
of the details of the crime. Provide a detailed description of all
suspects, as well as any information that could lead to an arrest
if suspects leave before the police arrive.
2. Stay safe. When the police arrive, provide the officers with
your name and driver’s license. Explain your involvement in the
events and give the details of what you saw. Provide officers with
the exact location of the crime and what time it took place.
3. Sign the police statement and agree to appear in court, if
4. Explain to the alleged suspect that you are making a
citizen’s arrest. At your discretion, you can inform the suspect of
the crime you witnessed. Explain to the suspect that you have
provided the police with his physical description and ask that he
cooperate with the police until the matter is resolved.
5. Secure the perpetrator in a safe and non-threatening location
as you await the arrival of law enforcement. If possible, keep a
law official on the phone to talk you through the process or until
the police arrive.
— Source: www.ehow.com
Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 12:00 am
On Dec. 20, Lurdes Rosales, the vice principal at Lodi Middle
School, did something unprecedented in the history of the Lodi
Unified School District: She placed a teacher under citizen’s
Rosales conducted the citizen’s arrest following an incident in
which she claims John Lapachet, a physical education instructor at
the school, blew a whistle in her ear and jostled her in front of
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 12:00 am.