Apprehension refers to the capturing, arrest, or seizure of a person suspected of committing a crime.
Apprehension entails the arrest of an individual suspected of a crime by a legal warrant or authority. A notice of apprehension often records a case of arrest or custody, and it ensures that there is consistency in operations. When the apprehension form records enough information, it improves the legal protection of the persons taken into custody. The process usually involves providing information for each individual apprehended and later submitting it to the police department as soon as the individual has arrived.
It is essential to pay attention to the reported information on the apprehension form in particular. Recording the facts of each case of apprehension and taking into custody in as much detail as possible is essential, particularly if the procedure itself and the grounds for it become a focus of review later. It is because placing an individual in custody is a form of a loss of freedom which is a breach of the individual’s fundamental human rights. The conditions in which a security steward is allowed to apprehend a person, take them into custody, and how the individual is treated while in custody include the following:
- If the person is in a drunken state and disrupts public order or other persons
- If the person endangers the safety and security of others
- If the person behaves alarmingly, disturbs by making a loud noise, acts aggressively or in some other manner so that they are a threat to order and security
- If the person enters an area closed from the public without a permit
- Apprehension can also refer to a reasonable belief or possibility of a looming injury or death at the hands of another person, which justifies a person acting in self-defense against the possible attack. An apprehension of attack is an element of the justification of self-defense used in a criminal prosecution for assault and battery, manslaughter, or murder. A person who takes action under the apprehension of a looming attack does not have to fear injury. It is sufficient that there is a likelihood of actual harm to justify the individual taking steps to shield themselves.
Example of Apprehension
Solape and Sorire are age six and eight years old, respectively. Since their parents could not afford to feed them, their wealthier uncle took them into his care. They were sent home during the holidays to visit their parents until the resumption of another school term.
However, their mother was very sensitive to her children’s emotions. During one of their vacations, she noticed that both girls were exceedingly quiet, which began to bother her. Later, when she could not endure it anymore, she decided to call the girls and talk to them. She was surprised to learn that their uncle had been molesting them while in his house and threatened to kill them if they told anyone.
She then arranges the help of security agents who could help her take on the case. Their uncle was apprehended and taken to custody while officials conducted further investigation. His apprehension was critical for the safety of the two sisters and others who might fall victim to their uncle’s assault.