What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Virginia
Could someone explain the procedures that are taken for the above?
To be more specific, here are some details...
Last year I filled out police reports for Stalking, Trespassing, Burglary, and Destruction of Property. I filled out these reports with responding police officers and the city magistrates. I also filed a report with the Fire Marshal for an apartment fire that was ruled Arson, and named the same individual as the main suspect (although I did not witness him committing the crime, unlike the other crimes mentioned previously).
Can someone tell me what filing a police report means/does? Is it the same as pressing charges against someone?
I knew the person who committed each crime. He fled the scene before police arrived on each occasion. I told the police who he was and they took down his information on each report. What do they do with that information afterwards? Do you have to file criminal charges seperately? What exactly happens before a warrant has to be filed for someone's arrest?
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.
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?