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					Police Investigation


Hello. My name is Scott and I’m a police officer. You might also hear me
called the police informant or police investigator. If you’re a victim of
crime you’ll get to know a police officer like me – I’ll be your contact for
getting information about the case.

I’m here to take you through what happens during the police investigation.
The first thing I’m going to say is that there may be times when you think
nothing is happening, but conducting an investigation can take some time.

After you’ve reported the crime or we’ve come to the house when called,
we investigate. We take statements from you, other witnesses and collect
all the evidence.

We might ask you to identify the offender. When you do this, we will keep
you and the offender separate.
If you’ve been physically assaulted we might ask you to see a doctor for an
examination; or to have your injuries photographed. We might ask you to
sign a document to allow any of your medical records that are relevant to
the case to be used as evidence in court – but only those records that are
relevant. The police investigator will talk to you about this if it is
required.

We’ll also give you the booklet called ‘A Victim’s Guide’ which has lots
of information on the criminal justice and court process, your rights, and
people who can help you. You can also get a copy of this booklet on the
Victims of Crime website.

When you make your statement it’s important you tell us, in your own
words, everything you remember about what happened. Sometimes the
questions we ask you can be hard to answer – or embarrassing. You need to
try not to leave anything out, even if you think it’s not important.
You might still be in shock when you give us your statement, so if you
remember anything else later – no matter how small – give the police
investigator a call. It could just help us prosecute the offender.
We’ll give you a copy of your statement to keep – you’ll need to read it
again and take it to court with you.

After you’ve made your statement make sure you tell us if you’ve left
anything out or there’s something in there that’s wrong; if your address or
phone number change, or any date you can’t go to court - that sort of thing.
As the investigation goes on we’ll keep in touch with you to let you know
where we’re up to.

All victims have the right to be treated with courtesy and respect. Under
the Victims’ Charter, police must keep you informed about the progress of
the investigation too. If you want to find out more about your rights, go to
the Victims of Crime website.

				
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