Arrest & Victim of a Crime Protocols
Some accommodations can be made, due to an individual’s disability, as allowed by law. Westside Regional Center also collects data for future forensic program planning. Please follow this protocol if your adult or minor consumer is arrested or is a victim of a crime.
Care providers/ family, staff:
- Inform the arresting officer that
- Consumer is a developmentally disabled person with the Westside
Regional Center, give name of Service Coordinator and contact
- No consumer should speak with the police unless their
attorney is present. Do not allow the consumer to meet
or speak with any police official including the arresting
officer. Although the police may appear to want to be "helpful"
their primary reason for asking questions is, not to "get
a better picture" of what happed, but to obtain information
with which to charge the client. The police only ask questions
when they do not have enough information to make an arrest.
- Inform the arresting officer of any medical conditions and
if the consumer is taking any medication (seizure medication,
psychotropic medication for mental illness.) Tell arresting
officer that consumer needs to be separated form the general
population for safety.
- Get the arresting officers name, badge number, phone number,
arresting agency (City Police, Sheriff) and Arrest Report
number. Identify where the officer is taking the consumer
for booking. Call or go to police department and ask when
consumer will be arraigned.
- Call Westside Regional Center ASAP/ Immediately and speak to
a live person-on-call/ C.O.D. 310-258-4000 to report incident.
Give on-call staff information available.
DO NOT LEAVE A VOICE MESSAGE
- Westside Regional Center Staff: As soon as you become
aware of a consumer being arrested or detained by the police.
- Notify Forensic Case Aide, 310-258-4118 of arrest and any
information about arraignment or hearings. Service Coordinator's
can access booking, next hearing date and physical information
about your adult consumer at the Los Angeles Sheriff Department
(LASD) web site: www.LASD.org
and go to the link for the inmate information center (http://pajis.lasd.org/ajis_search.cfm)
- Adults: Contact, Law Enforcement Liaison, Bobby Vargas. Be prepared to give: Consumer name, date of birth, diagnosis, list of any medications or medical conditions that must be monitored. Mr. Vargas will identify consumer to jail and assist with placing consumer in the system. Bobby Vargas 213- 687-8727/ or 213-744-8860
- Minors: Your consumer will be placed in a juvenile hall facility until resolution of the case. Obtain from family or service provider as much information as possible on the charges, court date, etc. No Juvenile Law Enforcement Liaison currently exists to assist in juvenile cases. It will be the responsibility of the service coordinator to work with the family, probation and court system to insure that the consumer’s best interests are being served.
It is important that a representative of Westside Regional Center
be present at a court appearance. Do not rely on a vendor to
represent you. Consult with Diane Cardoza, Court and Forensic
Specialist. She will assist as necessary with all aspects of the
criminal court process.
Follow SIR Protocol to document incident
and follow up.
Victim of a Crime Protocol
When a consumer is a victim of a crime:
- First assure Consumers immediate Health and safety. This may
mean a report will be taken by police at hospital or other safe
- Family members, vendor staff or Service Coordinators must report
crime to the local police. When reporting the crime to the police
inform the investigating officer that the Consumer is a developmentally
disabled person with the Westside Regional Center, give name of
Service Coordinator and contact number. Get the officers name,
badge number, phone number and Report number.
- The victim may be eligible for Victim-Witness Assistance through
the District Attorney Office.
- When the crime is gang-related the victim may be eligible
for Criminal Protective Order, relocation assistance or court
escort. It is important to assist the consumer in accessing this
program to determine eligibility.
- Follow SIR Protocol to document incident and follow up.
If you have any questions concerning a consumer being arrested or
to report a crime, please contact arresting community police facility.