Warwick Police Department
Prosecution Division
Victim/Witness Survey

The Warwick Police Department is currently conducting a survey to seek the opinions of victims of crime to assess the quality of services provided and make improvements that would be helpful to crime victims in our City. Your responses to this survey will be completely confidential and anonymous.

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* 1. Can you please confirm that you were a victim or witness of _______________ (offense) which occurred in _____________ (year).

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* 2. Is the case still pending?

If you are a VICTIM of a crime, please complete all sections.
If you are a WITNESS to a crime, please skip to question 22.

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* I. Victim Initial Contact with Police:

3. During the initial stage of your criminal complaint, how satisfied were you with the services provided and the overall experience you had with the responding police officer(s):

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* 4. Did the officer(s) who responded to your call explain your rights as a victim?

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* 5. Did you receive any information from the officer about resources for victims such as the law enforcement advocate, community agencies or court advocates etc…?

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* 6. If you answered yes to number 5, how helpful was the resource(s) given?

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* 7. Did the officer(s) meet with you in a private, confidential and comfortable location?

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* 8. If there was an arrest in your case, did the officer ask if you wish to be notified of the offender’s first court appearance (arraignment)?

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* Did you tell the officer that you wanted to be notified of the arrest?

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* If yes, were you notified of the arrest?

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* 9. Below is a list of some things the police officer(s) may have done when he/she/they responded to the scene. After reading each one, please respond by checking “yes” they did, “no” they didn’t or “not applicable”.

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a. Inquire if you needed medical assistance.
b. Provide or arrange for medical assistance.
c. Show concern for your current situation.
d. Provide or arrange for transportation.
e. Provide information on protective orders.
f. Provide case number.
g. Offer reassurance that made you feel safe.
h. Explain the subsequent steps involved in processing in your case. (arraignment, pre-trials, trials, etc.)
i. Allow sufficient time for you to talk about your situation, including taking notes & listening.
j. Provide you with a phone number in case you had any questions.
k. Offer civil or other alternate means to resolve matter, i.e., social services.
l. Provide info. on how to obtain a copy of an applicable police report.
m. Have you complete a written statement
n. Explain any current or pending criminal charges, including potential sentences, for your case

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* 10. Are you familiar with the RI-VINE (Victim Information & Notification Everyday) program provided by the Rhode Island Department of Corrections?

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* II.Follow-up Contact

11. During the follow-up stage of your criminal complaint, how satisfied were you with the services and overall experience you had with the follow-up or investigating officer(s) or detective(s):

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* 12. Since the incident, were you contacted by either a police officer or another representative from the police department?

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* 13. How soon were you contacted?

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* 14. How were you contacted?

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* 15. Did the officer/detective explain the procedures involved in the prosecution of your case and your role in the process?

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* 16. Did the officer/detective keep you informed of the status of the investigation?

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* 17. How helpful was the person who contacted you?

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* 18. How satisfied were you with the information and assistance provided by the Prosecution Division at the Warwick Police Department?

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* 19. How safe do you currently feel ?

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III. Witness Initial & Follow-Up Contact with the Police:

20. During the initial stage of the criminal complaint, how satisfied were you with the services provided and the overall experience you had with the responding police officer(s):

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* 21. Did the officer / detective complete a thorough interview with you?

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* 22. Did the officer / detective obtain a written statement from you?

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* 23. Did the officer / detective advise you of the potential need for you to be subpoenaed in the case as a witness at trial?

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24.Were you contacted by either a police officer or another representative from the police department since the incident?

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* 25. Have you received a subpoena to appear in court as a result of being a witness to a crime?

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* 26. Please provide any comments relating to your having been a witness in case for the Warwick Police Department:

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IV. Victim & Witness Overall Comments / Recommendations:


27. Please list your overall comments regarding the service the Warwick Police Department provided to you:

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* 28. Please list ways in which you feel the Warwick Police Department can improve their services to meet the needs of victims/witnesses:

Thank you very much for your cooperation. If you have any questions regarding this survey or any of the questions asked today, please feel free to contact Tara Woodbine, Terry Carberry or Sgt Joseph Petrarca at the Warwick Police Department, 468-4200. Survey results will be posted shortly after November of each year on the Warwick Police Department website: www.warwickpd.org

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