Riverside Police Department
Central Investigations Bureau
Person Crimes Frequently Asked Questions
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What happens to my case now that I have made a police report?
Although each investigation is unique, the process generally begins immediately after a police report is filed with the Riverside Police Department. The investigation will be routed to the appropriate investigative unit depending on the type of crime and then assigned to a detective in that unit. If there is enough information in the initial report to prosecute, the detective will simply forward the case to the District Attorney's Office. If there is not enough information in the report to prosecute, the detective will conduct a more thorough investigation and then forward it to the District Attorney’s Office. Once the District Attorney’s Office receives the updated investigation, charges are either filed or the case is sent back for further investigation. If the case is sent back, the assigned detective must gather the additional evidence requested by the District Attorney and resubmit the case.
- Why don't you just arrest the suspect?
Due to legal issues, it is not always possible to arrest the suspect immediately following the crime or the filing of the police report. The arresting officer is legally bound to submit all pertinent information relating to the charges within a 48-hour period of the suspect’s arrest. Therefore, the suspect must be released if follow-up is necessary to warrant a conviction and the process cannot be completed in the required 48-hour time frame. For this reason, it is often more prudent to delay an arrest and take the time to build a solid case.
- Why didn't the police file charges on my case?
Unfortunately, in spite of the best efforts by the detective(s) investigating the case, some cases simply do not have enough evidence for the police department to submit it for filing or for the District Attorney to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt in court. Therefore, some cases are not sent to the District Attorney with a request for filing and others may be rejected by the District Attorney.
Chief of Police Sergio G. Diaz
10540 Magnolia Ave. #B
Riverside, CA 92505