You’ve reported a crime...so what happens next?

We are sorry to hear that you experienced a crime

We understand that this might have been a distressing experience, or that you might feel angry or frustrated.

We appreciate that you reported the incident. The decision to contact the police can be stressful, and you might be worried or concerned about its implications. If you would like advice or support, there are many people who can help.

The information in this section explains what will happen now and what you can expect from the Criminal Justice System. It also contains information about organisations that you can contact for free advice – whether it’s for practical information or emotional support.

This is what you can do to help the police

When you report a crime, there are a few things you can do to help with the investigation:

What the police will do

When you have reported a crime, the police will let you know what happens next.

They will inform you whether or not the crime is being investigated further. If the investigation is closed, they will give you the reasons why.

If your case is investigated further, the police will give you information about its progress. You have a right to be kept informed about your case, so do ask your police contact for updates.

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