No, you file a report. The police and/or detectives review the information you've provided, then investigate the crime, follow up on any leads, interview witnesses and the suspect etc.
Originally Posted by Jmeva
When they have finished their investigation, the report gets handed over to the local prosecutor or district attorney. They review the evidence and if they believe they can prove the charges in a court of law, they file the charges on behalf of the state and request an arrest warrant be issued for the suspect.
If the DA doesn't believe he/she can prove the charges, they will usually send the case back to the detectives for further investigation. If they can not come up with additional evidence, or witnesses to the crime, the case may never get filed.
How would you know this? The police are not going to keep you updated on the criminal investigation of this or any other case. If they need more information from you they will contact you.
Despite my numerous requests, it appears that police never followed up on any of the reports and the person of interest was never questioned about any of the crimes.
Aside from the report you filed with the police, have you gone before a judge and requested a restraining order or no contact order against this person? This is issued by a judge, not the police. The police are there to enforce the order if it has been issued by a judge. So if you haven't already done so, this should be your next step.
Unfortunately the situation has not improved much, and I am still being harassed. What should my next steps be in regards to getting action from local law enforcement?
It is also possible that the person you named as a suspect has cut a deal with the police to act as an informant for them to help them catch bigger and badder guys. This is not something you would have any way of discovering without the suspect himself telling you. The police are usually very protective of their snitches, especially if they produce well for them.
It could also be that they just don't believe you and think you're making the accusations as a form of revenge, so there's no telling what may be happening on the inside, behind closed doors.
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