Giving a statement to the police

A statement is a written or in certain circumstances a video-recorded account of what happened and may be used as evidence in court. Before making any statement, the officer will ask you a number of questions in order to know exactly what happened.

Information needed in your statement

When making a statement you should tell the police as much information about the offence as you can. This includes:

  • descriptions or names of anyone involved or witnesses to the crime
  • the registration number of any vehicles that were at the place when the crime happened, even if they were not involved the driver may have seen something
  • descriptions, identifying marks or serial numbers of any stolen or damaged property

Giving a written statement

If you give a written statement, the police will normally ask to come to your home or ask you to visit the police station, but will try to meet your needs.

The police realise that talking about what you have witnessed can be a difficult experience. If you find making your statement distressing, you can ask for a break at any time.

Once the statement has been written, the police officer will ask you to read through it to check that it is right. If you want you can ask the police officer to read your statement to you.

You will be asked to sign the statement to say that it is an accurate account of what you think happened. If something is not right, tell the police officer so that they can change it. It is very important to do this, even if you feel nervous about doing it, as it could affect the investigation.

Sometimes the police may need to speak to you more than once, for example, if they need to check information.

Giving a video recorded statement

In some cases, if the police believe you to be ‘vulnerable’ or ‘intimidated’ as defined by law, you can make a video recorded statement instead of a written statement.

Video recording is mostly used if you are under the age of 17 (soon to be 18) or are the victim in a sensitive case, for example a sex crime. You will usually be asked to go to a specially equipped video suite, which is situated in certain police stations. In some cases the police may bring recording equipment to your home or other venue that you have agreed.

The police officer who is carrying out the interview will explain how it’s done before the recording begins. If you are a young person making a video recorded statement, a supporter will be with you during the interview.

The police officer will not discuss the evidence that you are going to give before the interview is recorded. This is to make sure that you give the most accurate description of what you saw or know.

 

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