Reporting a crime
Telling the police
If you witness a crime you have a vital role to play in bringing the criminals to justice.
Police investigations can take a long time. It may be several months before you hear anything about the case.
Victim's personal statement
In addition to giving a witness statement you can, if you want to, give a victim personal statement. This gives you the opportunity to say how the crime has affected you personally.
Witness intimidation is very rare. If you are worried about intimidation there are several things that can be done to help.
Decision to charge
Once the police have completed their investigations, they ask us for advice on how to proceed. We decide whether a suspect should be charged, and what that charge should be.
Keeping you informed
Once a suspect has been charged the police will pass your file on to your local Witness Care Unit. They ensure that you are supported and kept informed about the progress of the case.