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Identification procedure


As a witness…

  • You will be required to attend at a police station in order to take part in the procedure.
  • The main method of identification used is video identification.
  • You will be shown a video, which contains images of several different people. You will be asked to identify the person you believe to be the suspect.
  • At no time during either procedure will you encounter the suspect.

As a suspect…

  • As a suspect you will receive notice of the identification procedure and will have been told which type of procedure is going to be used. The main method of identification used is video identification.
  • Participation in an identification procedure is voluntary, you do not have to consent or co-operate in the ID procedure, although a record of your refusal to engage in the process may be given in evidence at trial. 
  • The police may also proceed covertly with the identification.
  • In video identification, your image will be captured for a short time. This is then sent off to a central bureau to ensure it is of a necessary quality.

Please see the link in Related Information for guidance about identification which provides more detail on identity procedures.

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