You’ve been released under investigation – what does it mean?

You’ve been released under investigation – what does it mean?

If this has happened to you then it should mean that any police investigation into your alleged behaviour is still ongoing.  The police should intend to notify you of the decision as to whether or not you will be prosecuted at some point in the future.

Often the effect of being released under investigation is that suspects will find that their lives are put on hold in many ways.  It might be that the original allegation is a serious one so it is hard to get on with your life as normal.  Your studies or career might be suffering while you are released under investigation due to a lack of knowledge of what is happening.

You might not know when property such as telephones or computers are to be returned.  Potential witnesses might be waiting to see if they will be spoken to by the police.

Until you hear from the police it will be hard to put the matter to the back of your mind and impossible to forget about it, even where you know that you were not in the wrong.

Does your police force use Facebook as an investigative tool?

Does your police force use Facebook as an investigative tool? … these guidelines both for OSINT, undercover work and evidence gathering collection via social media? … metropolitan-police/ ..

How can social media help the police solve crimes?

Criminal justice and social media are joining forces as investigators can track criminalbehavior and bring fugitives to justice. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, up to96.4 percent of law enforcement agencies in one survey reported using social media in some capacity.

Can social media be used against you in court?

Can those comments be used in court? Whether it’s Facebook posts and comments, Instagram pictures, Twitter tweets or YouTube videos, the short answer is yes: both public and private social media content can be admissible in litigation.

Can police retrieve messages from a deleted Facebook account?

Can police retrieve messages from a deleted Facebook account? In short, yes. If a police authority has a case where they need access to a “deleted” Facebook account, then they would get a judge to sign a warrant and present that to FacebookFacebookwould then search their servers and provide the messages.

Can police use social media as evidence?

Social media can be used as an investigative tool to obtain probable cause for a search warrant. … Agencies can surveil social media sites via software programs, such as X1 Social Discovery, MediaSonar, and Geofeedia.

Evidence based social media use: an exploratory UK investigation into residents’ perceptions of police Facebook use

Social media is an integral part of modern society and is used by billions of people worldwide. In a policing context, police services are starting to use social media platforms to interact with their communities. However, academic literature is lagging regarding the effectiveness of police use of social media. The purpose of this study is to gather public perceptions regarding the police’s use of social media particularly the use of Facebook.


The study administered a cross sectional survey recruiting participants who are policed by one of the larger police services in England and Wales. A total of 294 respondents completed the survey providing their views on their police service’s use of social media.

Police powers and procedures

This release contains statistics on the use of various police powers in England and Wales up to the year ending 31 March 2020. The release is broken down into seven main sections. Each section contains a summary of the key findings at the start.

The stop and search section contains information provided by the 43 police forces in England and Wales, and the British Transport Police (BTP), on a financial-year basis. It includes statistics on the:

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Mobile phone data extraction

“to recognise always that to secure and maintain the respect and approval of the public means also the securing of the willing co- operation of the public in the task of securing observance of laws.”


InterpretationRule 17.1
Documents to be verified by a statement of truthRule 17.2
Failure to verify a statement of caseRule 17.3
Failure to verify a witness statementRule 17.4
Power of the court to require a document to be verifiedRule 17.5
False statementsRule 17.6