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Information and public services for the Island of Jersey

L'înformâtion et les sèrvices publyis pouor I'Île dé Jèrri

Police Investigations without a complainant (FOI)

Police Investigations without a complainant (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 04 September 2019.
Prepared internally, no external costs.


Can the States of Jersey Police investigate a crime if they are aware of it without a formal complaint being made by the victim?


Whilst the States of Jersey Police will always consider the expressed wishes of a victim, officers may still investigate more serious crime without a formal complaint, or without the cooperation of a victim, if officers believe that it is in the public interest to do so. Examples of these types of offences include serious assaults, robbery, arson, sexual offences and so on.

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