Calling the Police
How to call the police and what to say
When you call the Middletown Township Police Department and request a police officer, you will be asked a series of questions by a police dispatcher. These questions are to insure a more effective response. Try to remain calm and answer the questions as best you can. Some of the questions you might be asked include:
- Why are you calling the police?
- Are you calling to report a crime?
- Is it in progress?
- Has it already occurred?
- Are you calling to report a traffic accident?
- Are there injuries?
- Are you calling to report a disturbance?
- Is it a family dispute?
- Is it a fight on the street?
- Are there any known weapons?
- How many people are involved?
- Are you calling to report suspicious activity?
- What kind?
- What is the location?
- Exact address
- Street number and/or apartment number
- What are the cross streets?
- What is your name?
- What telephone number are you calling from?
- Are there any suspicious persons?
- What is their description?
- Do they have a weapon?
- Do they have a vehicle?
- Make, model, color
- License plate number
- Which direction did they go?
- Physical description
- Sex, age, race
- Height, weight, build
- Hair color, style, eye color, glasses
- Complexion, facial hair
- Color and type of clothing
- Do you want the police to contact you?
Remember, while you are talking to the police dispatcher, an officer is being sent to your location. Try to remain calm. Do not hang up until the police have arrived or you have been instructed to do so by the dispatcher. Wait for the police.
For crimes in progress or if your life is in danger, IMMEDIATELY DIAL 911
For suspicious circumstances or crimes that occurred when you were not present and the suspects are already gone, please call 215-949-1000.