Reporting A Crime
Reporting A Crime
If possible you should report a crime to your local Garda Station. The contact details of stations country wide are available at http://www.garda.ie/Stations/Default.aspx
If you feel that you would like special sensitivity from the Gardaí, you can ring your local station and make an appointment to speak to a Garda or Sergeant privately. If it would make you more comfortable, you can also request to speak to a male or female Garda.
If your circumstances leave you unable to go to a Garda Station, you can request that a Garda comes to your home to take a report.
If you do not speak English or Irish fluently the Gardaí will provide free translation services to you.
If you have concerns about reporting an incident and the consequences of doing so, you can contact our helpline at FreePhone 116 006 in confidence and discuss these with one of our volunteers.
What to expect when reporting a crime
You will be asked to give a formal statement, which will be written down by the Garda and then given to you to read over before you will be asked to sign.
It will be necessary for you to explain, in detail, the crime that took place. The Garda will write down your account and then read it back to you. Once you are happy that the statement accurately reflects your complaint, you will be asked to sign it. You have a right to receive a copy of your statement.
The Garda will then explain the investigation process to you and provide you with the name, telephone number and station of the investigating Garda. When the investigation is complete the case is referred to the Garda Superintendent or to the DPP for a decision on prosecution.
For less serious crimes such as public order offences, some traffic offences and minor assaults, the case is prosecuted by the Gardaí in the District Court. For more serious crimes the file is referred to the DPP who decides where and whether to prosecute or not. In these cases the prosecution is carried out by the office of the DPP, usually in the Circuit or Central Criminal Court.
If you have any questions on the Garda Investigation please see our Question and Answer page or contact us on our helpline at FreePhone 116 006.