After a crime is reported to police, they investigate it. A police officer (officer in charge) will be assigned to the case and that person is responsible for the investigation and preparation of the prosecution case.
What happens during the police investigation?
The police will talk to you and anyone else who knows something about the crime. They may also photograph evidence or take away items as evidence to help with the case. If the police have enough evidence, they will make an arrest and charge the person with a criminal offence.
The police will focus on your safety and the safety of your family and whānau during the investigation. The police have different processes depending on the type of crime being reported – you can read more about the process for homicide and sexual violence. Let the officer in charge know if you have any questions.
You can read more about what happens during the police investigation, including:
- making a statement to police
- collecting evidence
- return of property held by police
- staying informed about the investigation.
You can also watch the video for an overview of the police investigation.