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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about policing or the law? You may be able to find the answer here.

Through our frequently asked questions section we aim to help you find the answers you need without having to call us to ask for information. We've provided answers to questions on a range of topics which are regularly asked of police forces up and down the country.

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The Help for Victims database contains the answers to a wide selection of frequently asked questions in relation to people affected by crime, for example, victims and witnesses, including information on the processes they may need to follow throughout an investigation. It offers the facility to submit a question where the relevant information cannot be found, as well as assisting in locating and contacting specialist support agencies for help. For further information please see the websites in related information.

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