Law Enforcement Responsibilities

Law Enforcement Responsibilities (provided in writing as soon as possible after initial contact):

  • VRA rights and compliance procedure information
  • Services, resources, compensation available
  • Protection options, including protection orders and how to modify
  • Information about dealing with creditors as related to the crime
  • What to do in case of harassment by suspect
  • Jail status/release notification process

Law Enforcement must inform the victim of the following as soon as it is available:

  • Changes in status of investigation
  • Case report number, contact information for the officer investigating the case/DA’s office
  • When the suspect is taken into custody
  • Availability of police report and/or incident report
  • Explanation of misdemeanor charges or decision not to file
  • Return property when no longer needed (upon request)

Cold case victims have rights, too (Law Enforcement responsibilities):

  • Notification regarding an change of status until statute of limitations has expired
  • For crimes with statute of limitations of longer than three years the victim needs to receive annual notification from law enforcement status
  • If an arrest is made for an unsolved crime committed before 1993, the appropriate agency must notify the crime victim of future critical stages
  • A victim may request notification of any future critical stages if the crime occurred before 1993  and the offender is currently serving a sentence
  • A victim who turns 18 years of age has the right to request notification from a criminal justice agency and become the primary point of contact
  • A victim needs to update relevant agencies with any change of contact information