Tips for Reporting Crime

Before a crime can be prosecuted, it must be reported and investigated by the police.

The police will conduct an initial investigation of the matter. If the officers believe that a felony-level offense or juvenile offense has occurred, the police department will forward their investigation to the County Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution. If a misdemeanor has occurred, the police department will forward their investigation to the city attorney’s office.

 

How to Report Crime

Call 911

Call 911 to report suspicious activity. This call alerts law enforcement to problems, enabling officers to respond. It is the first step in the criminal justice process and one way citizens can help hold offenders accountable and keep their community safe.

If you witness a crime or any suspicious activity, call 911. If you or someone else needs assistance from emergency personnel, call 911.

Contact Your Local Police Department

In a non-emergency situation that does not require an immediate response, contact your local police department.  In Minneapolis, you can also call 311 or submit an online police report.

When in doubt, call 9-1-1.  If you have questions about which number to call, consult When and How to Use 911-311(PDF).