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Crime investigation      

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 publications section.

Select a link below for additional information about the crime investigation and the associated legal processes.