Rights during the investigation

What is the investigation stage?

The police in Ireland are called An Garda Síochána or the “Gardaí”, we will call them the police.

The investigation stage is when the police gather evidence of a crime. This might include:

  • Going to the scene of the crime to look for physical evidence
  • Reviewing CCTV footage
  • Interviewing the victim and other people who witnessed the crime.

Once the investigation is finished, the police put together a file on the case and send it to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) if it is a more serious offence.

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