An arrest is carried out when the police have reasonable grounds to suspect that a person has committed a serious offence. The intention of an arrest is so as to take a person into custody for investigations, or to charge a person in Court.

How does an arrest take place?

An arrest is started by simply informing the suspect that he/she is being arrested. Following that, depending on whether the suspect willingly submits to custody, reasonable force may be used against the suspect. This includes touching and restraining as well as handcuffing.

During the process of the arrest, the suspect is entitled to ask for the officer’s official identification as well as the reason for his/her arrest.

What happens when a suspect is arrested?

On arrest, a suspect may be searched and brought to a police station for questioning. Upon arrival at the police station, the suspect will be required to surrender all his items and he will then be detained in a lock-up.

The detention period may last for up to 48 hours from the time of the arrest. If any extension of time is required, the police will have to bring the suspect to Court and give their reasons for requesting an extension. The Judge will then decide on whether the suspect is to be further detained.

Should the police not require more than 48 hours, they will release the suspect on a personal promise, or require the suspect furnish a police bail.