What are the stages to conduct a investigation?

Six steps for successful incident investigation


What is a flawed investigation?

“Flawed” investigation means claim for unfair and wrongful dismissal upheld.

What is the first step when conducting an investigation?

The first is the formulation of a hypothesis. The hypothesis is a statement that outlines specific predictions that the investigator makes about the outcome of the study. There are two possible outcomes to any investigation. Either the supposition to the study is correct or it is wrong.

How long do police investigations take?

In a routine or less serious case you should expect to hear form the police within 2 to 3 months but in more complicated cases where the police need to obtain statements, forensic evidence, CCTV or expert reports to prosecute you then this could take several months.

How long do police take to investigate a crime?

Some straightforward investigations take just a matter of hours. If the police are investigating a complex serious fraud, for example, then it has been known to stretch to a number of years. In a murder investigation, the police will usually dedicate substantial resources which shorten the investigation period.

Can you resign while under investigation?

Can I resign before or during a disciplinary process? Yes, you can. In fact, it is not uncommon to consider resigning when you are facing disciplinary allegations, but this is a very tactical situation and one that ideally you should take legal advice on before you make any decision.

What is a fact finding investigation?

Investigations are fact-finding exercises that collect relevant information on a matter. If you make a decision on a case without completing a reasonable investigation, this can make any subsequent decisions or actions unfair and leave you vulnerable to legal action.

What happens if disciplinary procedures are not followed?

Not following a disciplinary policy at all

If you are dismissed without your employer following a contractual disciplinary policy you can bring a claim for breach of contract in a County Court or High Court, or wrongful dismissal and unfair dismissal in an Employment Tribunal.

How long do police have to prosecute?

The police have to send you a notice of intended prosecution within 14 days of the alleged offence (there are exceptions to this rule if you have moved recently etc). The court summons has to be issued within 6 months of the date of the alleged offence.

Why do police release under investigation?

People suspected of a crime may now be “released under investigation” instead of being given a bail date to return to the police station. This means you have been released from custody without charge and no obligation to return on bail to the police station for the offence for which you were questioned for.

What happens during police investigation?

A police investigation will involve the police speaking to you about the incident. If the crime is serious or sensitive, then a detective may be appointed to investigate. The police also have specially trained officers to deal with specific crime such as sexual crime, hate related incidents and domestic violence.

How long does a police warning last?

If you admit an offence, the police can give you an informed warning without going to court. A warning is not a conviction. It stays on your criminal record for 12 months. This applies to both adults and young people under 18 years old.

Can police decide not to prosecute?

If the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) or police decide not to charge a suspect then he will have no further action taken against him. A decision not to charge is sometimes called a decision not to prosecute or taking no further action (‘NFA’).

How long can the CPS take to make a decision?

The CPS will usually conclude their review within 30 working days of the request, but in some complex cases, this could take longer. If the victim is not satisfied with the CPS’ review decision, they can lodge an application at court for a judicial review, to challenge the decision.

What must Prosecutors do before a case is prosecuted?

Prosecutors must ensure that the law is properly applied, that relevant evidence is put before the court and that obligations of disclosure are complied with. 2.6 Although each case must be considered on its own facts and on its own merits, there are general principles that apply in every case.