Law Enforcement's Responsibilities

  • Provide information about community services such as crisis intervention services, victim assistance resources, legal resources, mental health services, financial services, applicable protection services, and other support services
  • Provide the victim of crime with the business address and telephone number of the district attorney’s office, the file number of the case and the name, business address and telephone number of any law enforcement officer assigned to investigate the case
  • Keep the victim of crime informed as to whether a suspect has been taken into custody, whether the suspect has been released from custody, any bond conditions imposed upon the suspect, register the victim for notification from the jail of an escape, release, transfer or death of the suspect
  • Upon the request of the victim, return the victim’s property within 5 working days when it is no longer needed for evidentiary reasons;
  • Inform victims of the offender’s change of status from jail
  • Inform victims of crime about decisions not to file charges in misdemeanor cases
  • Upon request, provide victims of cold cases for which the crime has a statute of limitations of longer than three years with an annual update concerning the status of the case
  • Provide information on forensic medical evidence that has not resulted in a conviction or a guilty plea, upon request of the victim

If a victim is deceased or incapacitated, these rights may be exercised by the victim’s spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, significant other, or other lawful representative.