All too often, we read stories – mainly published in the mainstream media – about alleged crimes which “haven’t been investigated” by the police.
In truth, all genuine allegations of criminal activity are investigated by the police. They aren’t allowed to simply ignore a genuine allegation.
But if there is no evidence, or if there is evidence, such as CCTV footage, but the identity of the suspect is not known and there is little chance of ever finding out the identity of a suspect, then an investigating officer might have no choice other than to close the crime report.
If new evidence comes to light, or if there is a realistic chance of identifying the suspect, then the report can be re-opened by the investigating officer.
A ‘closed’ crime report can, of course, be frustrating for the victim/informant/witness.
Still, when you consider that, on average, each police officer has around 25-30 crimes to investigate at any one time, then their resources are seriously limited.
But one anonymous police Twitter account wanted to help shine some light on the situation.
In a tweet, the anonymous officer said:
‘I feel the need to point out there is a distinct difference between “the f*ckin Police didn’t investigate it or nuffin” and “after investigation, it was determined there was insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction at court.”
You can always rely on the vast amount of anonymous police Twitter accounts for the straight-talking truth.
As this tweet highlights.
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