It is the role of the police to investigate crime. This usually involves interviews with victims, witnesses and alleged offenders, including recording and collecting physical evidence. It may also involve charging the person who is accused of committing the crime (called the defendant at court and in legal documents).
Victims Services and the NSW Police have produced a factsheet that answers common questions on this topic. See our
Select a link below for additional information about the crime investigation and the associated legal processes.
Identifying, arresting and charging the alleged offender
Decision to release, release on bail, or remand in custody
Alternatives in relation to arrest, court and sentencing
Property held as evidence and stolen property
People in policing
Help and support contacts
Safety and protection
Victims of specific crimes
Victims with specific needs