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I've reported a crime and an investigation is underway. What happens now?

What happens next? - The Investigation Process  

During the investigation stage, Gardaí will gather all available evidence, such as CCTV, fingerprints, or DNA and, in serious cases, a file will be prepared and submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). If a suspect is due to appear in court, we will:

• Tell you whether the accused is in custody or on bail and the conditions attached to the bail;

• Tell you the time, date and location of the court hearings;

• Explain the prosecution process involved;

• Tell you if you are likely to be called as a witness and if so, tell you about the help available from victim support organisations;

• Tell you when a judge may ask for a “victim impact statement”;

• Tell you about court expenses;

• Tell you the final outcome of the trial.

Please remember to inform Gardaí if your contact details change, quoting your PULSE incident number, so that we can keep you up to date on any developments.  Gardaí are committed to addressing your needs and concerns in an understanding and problem-solving manner.  The following links contain information that may assist you with any queries or requests for assistance you may have.

The Garda Charter “Working with our Communities”  

The Garda Charter outlines 10 areas where An Garda Síochána is committed to working with the community to deliver a professional service. 

The 10 areas are:

1. Our Values – Honesty, Accountability, Professionalism, Respect, Service and Empathy

2. Keeping Victims Updated

3. Arrange Public Meetings

4. Local Priorities

5. 999 Call Answering

6. Response Times

7. Community Policing

8. Visibility

9. Diverse Communities

10. Customer Satisfaction

To view The Garda Charter in full, please click here.