The procedures to file a police report for assault are similar in most law enforcement agencies throughout the United States, however there may be small differences in how they handle the situation (depending on the state in which you live). Depending on the level of assault you are wanting to report, the department will take into consideration if incarceration will be involved or if a notice to appear in court will be needed.
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Assault can be a frightening thing to go through. Especially if you are seriously injured. The first thing to remember is to try to stay calm and get to a safe place to contact police for assistance. If you are near any businesses when the assault occurs, ask them if it is OK to stay with them until police are contacted and arrive. The more people who are around you, the less chances are that it will continue or occur again.
Contact your local police department or other law enforcement agency by calling 911. The operator or dispatcher will ask you a series of questions to assist them with what level of response is needed. For example, if you are the victim of an assault, which is occurring at the time you are calling, the dispatcher will request police patrol units to respond as quickly as possible. Once the police arrive, they will turn the situation over to them. In other cases, involving a situation where you were assaulted and then contact the police after it has occurred, they will judge the level of response needed again. If you are unharmed and willing to cooperate, they may ask you to come to the police station to file the report.
Assist the police by giving them an accurate statement and description of what occurred. If there are any witnesses or businesses that can back up your statement, make sure you put them into your statement so police can get their statement. If the assault occurred in a public area, such as a shopping mall or other retail business, they may have surveillance cameras that recorded the incident on video.
Ask the police for a case number and remember to write down the officer's name and badge number in case you need assistance at a later time. In the heat of the moment, you may not remember all the details of the assault, so take down their information and if you want to add information to your statement, you will need their contact information. The police understand this is a frightening experience for anyone to go through, so they have a lot of patience and understanding with victims that don't remember all details of the case.
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