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Part of: Checklists to help navigate after assault

Police Investigation Checklisk

This checklist will help you through the process of a police investigation.

  • You spoke with an ISVA or support organistation to advocate for your needs.

  • The police collect as much physical evidence as they can.

  • If your assault was reported by a third party, the police interview them.

  • Any third parties who may have information relevant to the case are interviewed.

  • The police call you back for further interviews to review information.

  • If you decide to withdraw your case, you are informed of your rights and how it may affect your case.

  • The police request your help in identifying your abuser(s)

  • Once identified, the police interview your abuser(s).

  • Your abuser(s) is arrested.

  • You will be informed of the bail conditions if the bail is granted and the release date of your abuser(s).

  • If you are fearful of your safety, the police will work towards protecting you.

  • If you requested a new dedicated officer because you felt something was being mishandled, a new one is assigned to you.

  • The police send the case file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for Early Investigative Advice so a specialist lawyer provides tips and suggestions for the police to gather more evidence to make it a stronger case to fight in the court.

  • The police explain their decision to charge or not to charge the abuser(s). Your concerns are answered.

  • You speak with your STO or dedicated officer if you believe that the investigation was not thorough. If the STO does not resolve the matter, you can request a review of Police decisions through the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The police inform of the procedure by which you can complain and your rights under this.

  • If you are unhappy with the way your complaint was handled, you can submit an appeal to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for the specific police organisation that handled it.

  • If you filed an appeal, you recieve a detailed piece of writing from Independent Police Complaints Commission with their "evidence-based rationale".