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Arresting, interviewing and charging suspects

apprehend

verb

to arrest someone

apprehension

noun

the act of arresting someone

arrest

verb

if the police arrest someone, they take that person to a police station because they believe he or she has committed a crime. Someone who has been arrested is under arrest, and if they are not allowed to leave, they are in custody

arrest

noun

a situation in which the police arrest someone that they believe has committed a crime

body search

noun

a search of someone’s body and clothing for weapons or drugs, made by a police officer or other official

book

verb

if the police book someone, they take them to the police station and make a record of their crime

bounty hunter

noun

someone who tries to catch criminals in order to receive a reward

breathalyze

verb

if police officers breathalyze a driver, they use a Breathalyzer to check how much alcohol the driver has drunk

breath test

noun

a test in which police officers check how much alcohol a driver has drunk using a breathalyzer

bust

noun

an occasion when the police go into a place to search it for illegal goods or activities, especially those relating to drugs

bust

verb

if someone is busted, they are arrested, especially for offenses relating to drugs

bust

verb

if the police bust a place, they search it for illegal goods or activities, especially those relating to drugs

catch

verb

if the police catch someone, they find them and arrest them

catch up with

to find and arrest someone who has committed a crime after searching for them or chasing them

caution

noun

an official warning that the police give when they arrest someone, to tell them that anything they say may be used as evidence against them

caution

noun

an official warning from the police to someone who has broken the law, stating that they will be punished if they do it again

caution

verb

when the police caution someone who has broken the law, they warn them officially that they will be punished if they do it again

caution

verb

when the police caution someone they are arresting, they warn them officially that anything they say may be used as evidence against them

charge

noun

an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime

charge sheet

noun

an official record in which the police write down the names of people they have accused of a crime

citizen’s arrest

noun

an arrest made by an ordinary person, not a police officer

collar

noun

an occasion when the police arrest someone

collar

noun

someone arrested by the police

collar

verb

to catch or arrest someone

come for

to come to a place in order to arrest someone

cuff

verb

to handcuff someone

dawn raid

noun

a military or police attack made at the beginning of the day, so that the people being attacked will not be prepared for it

detain

verb

to keep someone in a police station or prison and not allow them to leave

detention

noun

the state of being kept in a police station or prison and not being allowed to leave

fingerprint

verb

if the police fingerprint someone, they make a copy of their fingerprints

give up

if you give yourself up, you allow yourself to be arrested by the police

go after

to try to arrest or punish someone

handcuff

verb

to put handcuffs on someone

identity parade

noun

a police lineup

interview

noun

an official meeting in which the police ask someone questions about a crime

interview

verb

if the police interview someone about a crime, they ask them questions about it

lineup

noun

a line of people the police use to find out if someone who saw a crime recognizes any of them

Miranda Rights

noun

in the U.S., the legal rights of a person who is arrested by the police, including the right to be silent and to ask for the advice of a lawyer. The police must give any arrested person a Miranda warning by reading these rights to them.

nab

verb

to catch or arrest someone who has done something wrong or illegal

nick

verb

to arrest someone

pick up

to arrest someone and take them away in a car

pull in

if the police pull someone in, they arrest them

pull over

if the police pull a vehicle over, they order its driver to stop at the side of the road

question

verb

if the police question someone, they ask them questions to find out what they know about a crime

questioning

noun

a situation in which people, for example the police, ask someone questions

raid

noun

an action by police officers in which they suddenly enter a place in order to arrest people or search for something such as illegal drugs

raid

verb

to use force to enter a place suddenly in order to arrest people or search for something such as illegal drugs

rap

noun

a statement by the police accusing someone of committing a crime

rap sheet

noun

a list of someone’s arrests and the crimes that they are guilty of committing

round up

to find and arrest people

statement

noun

a formal written account of events that a person who has seen a crime or who has been accused of a crime gives to the police

suspect

noun

someone who the police believe may have committed a crime

suspected

adjective

a suspected criminal is one who the courts have not yet proved guilty

trap

verb

to catch someone such as a criminal, especially by forcing them into a place that they cannot escape from

vigilante

noun

someone who tries to catch and punish criminals by themselves, without waiting for the police

make something stick

to get enough evidence to prove that someone is guilty of a crime

on suspicion of something

because the police or the authorities think you have committed a crime

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