What to do if you suspect or have knowledge of interpersonal violence, animal cruelty or other criminal activity

In many cases the most helpful thing a person can do after contacting first responders is to be a good witness. Providing accurate and timely information to first responders is often critical for affording them information essential to direct their response quickly and effectively.

1.  Evaluate immediate threats to both yourself and others

2.  Contact law enforcement  as soon as you can safely do so

For emergencies CALL 911 (or the local law enforcement emergency line if there is no 911) 
Be prepared to provide the following information:
  • Brief description of  what happened
  • When and where event(s) occured  ( date, time and location )
  • Description of injuries or other safety concerns ( weapons, dangerous animals, etc)
  • Number of suspects involved
  • Suspect(s)  ( gender/race/hair/approximate age/clothing/weapons?/method and direction of travel)
  • Vehicles ( license plate, color, make, model or type, unique details/direction of travel)
  • Animals  ( species/color/number/injured?/dangerous?/direction of travel)