Once the emergency needs of persons at the scene are met, officers then begin collecting evidence.
A Crime Victim's Guide to the Justice System in Arkansas This guide provides an overview of the criminal justice system in Arkansas.A Crime Victim's Guide to the Justice System in Arkansas was written to assist victims of crime in better understanding the Arkansas criminal justice system so they are more able to exercise their rights.It is also designed to inform victims of services available to them throughout the state including shelter, cash assistance, counseling, and private support organizations.Most crimes in Arkansas are defined by the Arkansas Criminal Code.It is vital to understand that criminal cases are brought by the State, not the victim of the crime.Some law enforcement agencies in Arkansas also operate victim assistance programs within their departments.
Specialized victim assistance coordinators provide a wide range of services to victims of crime.
After the initial report is taken, a detective, or another officer with specialized skills, may be assigned to the case.
Jurisdiction regarding law enforcement agencies' responsibilities, as they relate to a particular crime, can vary.
It is intended to assist victims of crime in understanding the functions and responsibilities of criminal justice agencies.
Another purpose of this guide is to inform crime victims of the various services that may be available to them.
These services are discussed in the "Victim Services" section of this Guide.