Your Rights if You Report a Crime to the Police

If you are the victim of a crime and report it to the police, the police should abide by the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime. You can find a copy of this code in the Home Office website here. The Code requires the police to inform you promptly (at most five days) if they decide that they will not investigate the matter. If they do decide to investigate it, then the Code requires the police to keep you informed of the progress of the investigation, at least once a month, until the matter is formally closed. If anyone is arrested or charged you should be told promptly.

If a suspect is arrested but released on bail you should be notified within five working days, or within one day if you are considered to be a vulnerable or intimidated victim.


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