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The police investigation – Your questions answered
These FAQ’s are intended as an overview of some potential questions that you may have about the police investigation process. For any specific issues related to your case or investigation please do get in touch with us here.
The police will undertake the investigation as quickly as reasonably possible. Some investigations take a matter of days to conclude. However, an investigation can sometimes take several months and will continue for as long as a positive outcome is considered likely by the police. They will tie-in information with other similar cases or ongoing criminal activity.
If the police find a suspect, they will gather all the available relevant evidence against that person and you will be informed if that happens. The police will provide you with a realistic expectation of how long the investigation will take.
The police officer dealing with the case will provide you with regular updates and advise you when the investigation is finalised. If the case goes to court, a witness care officer will be nominated as your single point of contact. Depending on whether you are a victim or witness, The Victims Code or The Witness Charter will apply.
Your witness care officer will update you with progress information and the outcome of the case if it goes to court. If your case is resolved without the suspect appearing in court the investigating police officer will update you.
Last modified 22nd November 2016