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How to Interface with Police Anonymously

Updated: Feb 23, 2021

Many victims and witnesses of crimes often have second thoughts about reporting the incident. Some complainants fear that the offender will take revenge, and others are wary of police contact because of negative past experiences. Also, some complainants from other countries fear deportation.

Reporting a Crime in Person

If you are a victim and want to pursue criminal charges, you have to identify yourself and meet with the police to discuss the allegations. A victim’s testimony is likely needed to perform an arrest. A police officer can come to your location, or you could go to the nearest police station and make a desk report. Be aware that some police may need to follow up at your location for evidence collection and photos.

See Something, Say Something

See something, say something is the reporting of suspicious activity to local authorities. If you are a witness or want to report a crime, there are numerous ways to proactively report information anonymously. Crime Stoppers has both phone and online reporting at the national and local level with guaranteed anonymity.

Most local and county police agencies have websites and phone links to report problems, concerns, or illegal behavior without disclosing your identity. As we know, some states, such as Kansas, have developed specific websites to report suspicious behavior anonymously.

How to Interface With Police Anonymously

Some situations may be better handled if a marked police vehicle and uniformed officer do not come to your location. First, you can try calling the local police on a non-emergency number. You can also try connecting with a specialized plainclothes unit; a Detective, Juvenile Officer, or School Resource Officer will help to create a plan to protect your identity from the offending party.

Other ways to anonymously connect with law enforcement:

  • Through your local Police Department’s website

  • Call your local Police Department's hotline