When and How to Call the Police
forget that your best crime prevention partners are your local
police department and sheriff's office. Their professional training and
experiences include hands-on familiarity with all
kinds of crime and the methods and habits of the criminals. Keep the
phone numbers where you can find them quickly.
Our non-emergency number is 515-992-3086, and the 24/7 non-emergency dispatch number of the Dallas County Sheriff's Office is 515-993-4567.
importantly, the quickest deterrent to most criminal activities is the
presence of a law officer; you know what's "normal" in your
neighborhood, and whenever you see something or someone that seems out
of place or otherwise suspicious, call a cop !
Should I call 911?
All 911 calls in Dallas County except for the city of Perry are taken by the Dallas County Sheriff's Office Communications Division, making sure that if local police, fire, rescue, or EMS resources are not available for any reason, the county's or the closest available city units will respond to every call quickly.(See more details of the 911 system at the Dallas County Sheriff's website.)
when there is an emergency, and:
are in danger, and immediate action is required, such as
- a burning
building or vehicle,
- a serious injury or medical
condition (i.e.; a heart
- an in-progress crime
situation such as a shooting,
stabbing, armed robbery, etc.
- or there is a good
arresting a crime suspect, or of preventing the development of a
serious crime situation by reporting suspicious persons,
circumstances, threats of violence or injury, disturbances or actions
which, if not controlled
quickly, could lead to an emergency.
In non-emergency situations,
law enforcement phone numbers, or send a letter, a standard email, or a confidential/anonymous email, depending on the situation.