—(1) When information is first received at a police station about an offence, the recording officer must proceed in accordance with this section.
(2) If the information is in writing, the recording officer must —
if practicable, immediately mark on it the date and time of receipt at the police station and the name and address of the person who gave the information; and
if the information appears to be signed by the informant, file it as a report.
(3) If the information is given orally and the recording officer considers it practicable to reduce it to writing immediately, he must ensure that all of the following are recorded in a report:
the date and time of his receipt of the information;
the name and address of the informant;
the information given by the informant;
such other particulars as the nature of the case may require.
(4) The informant, the recording officer and the interpreter (if any) must, where practicable, sign the report referred to in subsection (3).
(5) If the information is given orally and it is impracticable for the recording officer to write it down immediately, he must —
make a note of the first information; and
if the offence to which the information relates is an arrestable offence, cause to be recorded, as soon as possible, a fuller statement from the informant under section 22.
(6) If requested, the recording officer must give a copy of the information recorded under this section to the informant upon payment of the prescribed fee.
(7) The Minister charged with the responsibility for home affairs may prescribe the mode by which information about an offence may be received or given under this section and section 15.
(8) In this section, “recording officer” means the officer in charge of a police station or any police officer whose duty includes receiving reports relating to the commission of any offence.