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What Happens After A Crime 
Has Been Reported

Often, in the first hours, days, or weeks after a crime has been reported, you may feel lost or confused about what happens next. You may expect the officer to call and keep you informed about the case. Unless there are unusual circumstances, the case will usually be processed as follows:
1. The officer will take the information from you needed to file a police report. The Officer will do as much follow-up as possible during his tour of duty, depending on the level of calls for service.
2. During or at the end of their shift, the officer will enter all the information he has gathered on your incident in the Police Department computer. The computer has already assigned an incident number which identifies your case when they were dispatched.
3. Each morning the Detective Section reviews the incidents from the previous shifts that have been turned over to them and need follow-up by that section. Not all cases are investigated by detectives. The majority of crimes can and will be investigated by the original officer. The detectives will investigate the more serious offenses, i.e., homicide, suicides, major burglaries and breaking and entering, but not all cases require a detective for the investigation. The detectives are a resource to the investigating patrol officer, and your primary contact in most crimes will be the
original responding officer.
4. If there is a workable suspect, information or clues left behind by the suspect, the officer(s) will attempt to work your case. If there are no suspects or clues, the case will be filed as an open case. Usually you will not hear from an officer unless new evidence develops either on your part or the officer's. If it is on your part please make sure you contact the officer as soon as possible with the new information.
5. If you or your insurance company needs a copy of the police report, it can be obtained from the Police Department . Most reports are available within 3-4 working days. However, it is best to call 447-2323 to see if your report is available before coming to the police department.

This information is provided by the Tiffin Police Department




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