WORKING WITH YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY
Remember, you can be the EYES and EARS of your local law
enforcement agency. Crime prevention in the community is a
combined effort of the community and law enforcement agency.
When talking with your local law enforcement agency
A. Tell only what you actually saw or know.
- If you have something to tell them that you are not
sure of or did not really see
- Be accurate and tell only what you saw. If the
information is a suspicion, tell them it is a suspicion
B. Do not EXAGGERATE -- keep the information as factual
C. If at any time you remember something, write it down
immediately, and get the information to the local law
enforcement as soon as possible.
D. To complete the process, you must be available at all
times to be interviewed or identify a suspect. This may
include going to testify in court.
E. Remember, full cooperation is necessary, along with
any and/or all bits of information needed to solve the case
or get a conviction.
HOW TO REPORT A CRIME
Whenever you see a crime about to take place, or in the
process, or after the prime has been committed, call the
local Police Department IMMEDIATELY.
JUST DIAL "91-1-"
Once you have made the "9-1-1" call, do exactly as the
9-1-1 operator tells you. Answer all the questions as best
as you can.
A. Upon arrival of the police, tell them exactly what
happened. Tell them only what you really saw or know (don't
tell them what you think or may have happened). Tell them
what - when - where - how, and
the who and why of the crime.
B. Give the best possible description of the suspect(s).
If possible: sex, age, weight, height, hair, color of eyes,
race, clothing; also marks, scars, tattoos.
C. Description of vehicle (and direction of travel when
leaving): license number, color, model and year, make.
Handout also contains:
- "Suspect Description" form
- "Common Weapon Types" drawing
- "Direction of Travel" form