What happens when you file a police report?
Credit: David Freund E+ Getty Images
Q:

What happens when you file a police report?

A:

Quick Answer

When filing a police report, visit the police station nearest to where the crime took place, accurately report the incident and truthfully answer all of the officer's questions. The police investigate the events before handing the case to a prosecutor if the event is deemed a crime.

  Know More

Full Answer

When investigating, the police need the victim's name, the assailant's name or physical description, the addresses for both parties, and the date and time of day that the incident occurred. Some of the questioning may seem insensitive or even painful, but the police need to know every detail about how and why the crime occurred.

If a crime is in progress, call 911. If 911 is dialed accidentally, stay on the line and explain the accident to the operator. Otherwise, the police assume that a crime is in progress and that the reporting person had to leave the phone.

Learn more about Law Enforcement

Related Questions

  • Q:

    How do you obtain a police report?

    A:

    According to TheLawDictionary.org, victims and defendants have the rights to obtain a police report upon request at the police department where the report was filed. Copies of police reports are available immediately for the victims, while defendants can receive a copy from the District Attorney's office or through their lawyers.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How long does it take to get a police report?

    A:

    It typically takes approximately three to five days to obtain a police report. However, it often takes longer than this time frame if an investigation is pending.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you write a police report?

    A:

    Writing a police report consists of completing the principal's list and narrative sections and the vehicle, property and juvenile sections if applicable, according to John Bowden for PoliceOne.com. The principals are the people involved in the incident. The narrative section is the description of the incident.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Is it possible to make a police report online?

    A:

    Individuals in some municipalities can file online police reports under certain circumstances. In the District of Columbia, for example, a Citizens Online Reporting Tool allows citizens to file reports with the Metropolitan Police Department for offenses such as lost property, lost vehicle tags and auto theft.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore