Criminal Reporting Process
Lake Havasu Police
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What is the Criminal Reporting Process?
Following an experience of sexual or domestic violence, you can choose to report the assault to local law enforcement to investigate the crime that occurred. If the assault occurred on ASU’s campuses, you can report to the ASU Police Department by either calling 911 or the non-emergency line at 480-965-3456. If the crime occurred off campus, contact the police department in the city where the crime occurred. ASU Police works very closely with police departments in the surrounding area. If you are unsure if the assault occurred on campus or off, ASU Police can connect you to the correct jurisdiction if you know where you were when the assault occurred. During a criminal justice investigation, law enforcement will collect evidence about the crime, talk with witnesses and create a case to send for prosecution.
If you choose to make a police report, a police officer will respond to take an initial report regarding the crime that occurred. The officer will ask you to tell them what happened and might have follow up questions for you. The officer at this time may collect any evidence that might be available. Depending on the police department and jurisdiction, a detective may also respond or contact you at a later time for follow up and to continue the steps of the investigation.
In cases involving sexual assault, a medical forensic exam is part of the criminal reporting process, and may be offered if the assault occurred within the last five days. Regardless of where you are reporting the incident, exams are free of charge. In Maricopa County, the police will work with the HonorHealth Forensic Nurse Examiner Program to schedule the exam on your behalf at a Family Advocacy Center. Exams are available even if you choose to not involve law enforcement. You can access a list of all Family Advocacy Centers in Arizona by viewing the Arizona Medical Forensic Exam Facilities list.
For more information on the medical forensic exam view the Medical Forensic Exam Resource Guide.