When should you open a case with the police?
When you have been a victim of a crime, the first thing that comes to mind is that you have to report it to the authorities. It’s difficult to think straight when bad, traumatic things happen, but the police are there to ensure that the bad guys are caught, stand trial, and if found guilty, are put in jail.
But, when should you open a case with the police, and what is the procedure?
When to go to the police?
Whenever you have been a victim of a crime, you should notify the authorities and open a case. If you’re a witness to a crime, you should report it as well, although this would not necessarily be opening a case. There is a difference in procedure, as you may be giving evidence to an already opened case.
First, take care of yourself
When you’re in the position where you need to open a case, it usually means that you have had a negative experience in which something illegal has been done to you. Let us, for example, assume that your cell phone has been stolen.
First, take a moment to breathe. You have encountered a violation of your personal space. It is normal to be upset. You may even cry or be visibly shaken. Allow yourself to feel aggrieved. You’ve experienced the loss of a possession.
Kempton Express says that the first step to reporting your case is to make your way to the police station that is closest to where the incident occurred. In the case of a stolen phone, you will need to take your cell phone’s box and IMEI information with you.
At the police station, approach the desk when it is your turn. There may be a few people in front of you in the line. Everyone there feels that his or her case is important. You will be attended to as soon as possible. Once you reach the desk, an officer will take your statement.
Remember that the officer who takes your statement may not necessarily be the one who will investigate your case. The detectives who interview you may also not be the ones who will handle your case.
You will be asked to either dictate or write down your experience on a page given to you by the station. This is known as an affidavit. The officer may ask you a few questions. Once done, you can request a copy of the affidavit for your own, personal record. You may also need this document for when you report your phone stolen to the insurance provider that covers you. This document serves as evidence that there has been a crime and that you have reported it to the police.
The police station will now open a docket for your case. A docket is a folder. Your particular docket will be allocated a number once it’s in the system. This is your case number and will be used to track and mark everything pertaining to your case.
The article continues: Your case docket will only be allocated to an investigating officer on the next working day. This also means that if you open a case over a weekend, you will know your investigating officer on the following Monday. Note that your case will receive immediate attention, whether it is reported during the week, weekend or after hours, before it is allocated to the investigating officer.
You will be notified of your case number as soon as the system has created it.
Once the investigation starts, you will most probably only hear from the officers once there have been some leads. You may be called in to give additional information. Sometimes you may even be called in to identify the suspects who may have been responsible for the crime.
Once a suspect has been arrested and the witness’s statement/s obtained, the case is ready for court. You do not need to attend the suspect’s first hearing as the prosecutor must first check whether he has enough evidence.
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