Guidelines

What happens when you file a police report on someone?

What happens when you file a police report on someone?

Once you have reported a crime, the police will investigate it. To do this, they will need to get information from you. They may call or stop by your home, they might ask you to come to the police station, or they may just speak to you at the scene of the crime.

Should I report a crime to the police?

There is no legal obligation to contact the police, but the information you give them could bring a criminal to justice. Reporting the crime to the police could prevent further crimes being committed and protect others from becoming victims. The criminal justice system can only work effectively with your help.

What crimes are not reported to the police?

According to the American Medical Association (1995), sexual violence, and rape in particular, is considered the most under-reported violent crime. Common reasons for individuals not reporting crime include fear of not being believed, insecurity, and fear of getting into trouble.

How do you report a police report?

Part 1 of 3: Following Protocol Get the correct forms from your department. Each police department has a different protocol in place for dealing with an incident and filing a report. Start the report as soon as possible. Right after the incident, reflect on what happened and jot down some notes about it. Focus on the facts. Include a line about the nature of the incident.

Why to file a police report?

People file a police report with law enforcement for wide variety of reasons such as: domestic disputes, traffic accidents, burglaries and home invasions, fraud, theft, stalking, violence, and many other reasons. To file a report, citizens usually begin by calling 911, or their local police department’s non-emergency line, to report the incident.

What is the most important use of a crime report?

Police reports serve as the starting point of a law enforcement investigation, but they also provide crime victims with a legal document to use as evidence for court hearings and insurance claims. They should contain accurate, detailed and informative information about a crime or incident.

Where to file police report?

Generally, you can file a police report by visiting the nearest police precinct or calling the non-emergency number for the dispatch office. In some metro areas, you also may be able to file a police report online.