We take great care to protect people's anonymity from the press and public. But there are some things we may need to share with some other people:
if we contact witnesses we may have to tell some of them your name
if we interview a suspect, we need to tell them your name
if you're under 16, we'll need to tell your parent(s) or guardian(s)
Witnesses we talk to might include anyone who saw or heard something. Or anyone you've talked to about the incident.
Sometimes we put out a press release about a case to look for witnesses or other people who may have been a victim of the same offender. But you cannot be named publicly by the police and we're very experienced at protecting anonymity.
If you're unhappy with how we treat you
You have the right to be treated with respect and dignity at all times. But we know that sometimes your experience might feel unfair, insensitive, or worse.
If this happens to you, we want to support you and make things better. If we can't, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to hold us to account.