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Reporting Crime

Find out how to report and respond to many types of crimes and criminal behavior.

Reporting Criminal Activity

Đang chơi bàiTo report criminal activity, contact your local police or sheriff's department first. They can determine if a report of criminal activity needs attention. If this is an emergency, call 911.

How to Report Local or State Law Violations

Report suspected crime, like traffic violations and illegal drug use, to local authorities. Or you can report it to your nearest state police office. Find contact information:

  • Online

  • In your local telephone directory under Police Departments or Local Governments

How to Report Federal Law Violations

Đang chơi bàiReport suspected violations of federal law to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  

  • Contact your  or call toll-free at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).

  • If you are in a foreign country, contact the nearest .

  • Cyber crime

  • Đang chơi bàiPublic corruption

  • Đang chơi bàiHate crimes

  • Đang chơi bàiHuman trafficking

  • White-collar crime

  • Đang chơi bàiViolent crime

Đang chơi bài – The ATF investigates arson and bombings among other crimes.

  • Đang chơi bài – The DEA is a lead agency in combating heroin and the opioid crisis.

  • Đang chơi bài – Many of these fugitives are believed to be living overseas.

  • Đang chơi bài – The FBI site also includes lists of terrorists and missing persons.

  • – Interpol is an international police organization that tracks criminals across national borders.

  • – This includes a list of fugitives wanted for human trafficking.

  • Đang chơi bài – The U.S. Marshals Service is the enforcement arm of the federal courts.

  • provides the following information on what to do:

    • Get as much information from the caller as possible. Try to ask the following questions:
      • When is the bomb going to explode?
      • Where is it right now?
      • What does it look like?
      • What kind of bomb is it?
      • What will cause it to explode?
      • Did you place the bomb?
    • Keep the caller on the line and record everything that is said.
    • Notify the police and building management immediately.

    Đang chơi bàiThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) also provides a helpful .

    Đang chơi bàiGet more information on what to do if you receive . 

    is a form of modern-day slavery. Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to exploit their victims for labor or commercial sex. Human trafficking happens around the world and in the U.S.

    If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.

    Warning Signs

    Đang chơi bàiCall the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888, send a text to BeFree (233733), or  if someone you observe:

    • Is not free to leave or come and go as he or she wishes
    • Works excessively long and/or unusual hours
    • Avoids eye contact
    • Appears fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid
    • Appears malnourished
    • Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture
    • Has few or no personal possessions

    Agencies Combating Human Trafficking

    Several federal agencies can respond to reports of potential human trafficking and can help survivors:

    • Đang chơi bàiThe Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Blue Campaign, which:

      • Provides resources to grow public awareness

    You can report human trafficking to DHS enforcement specialists 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-866-347-2423 (toll-free) or 1-802-872-6199 (non toll-free international)

    • explains the culture of modern-day human trafficking. It:

      • Shares stories of successful prosecutions of traffickers

      • Explains victims' rights

      • Đang chơi bàiOffers suggestions for coping with the trauma of victimization

    • Đang chơi bàiThe  is filled with powerful real-life stories about their work fighting human trafficking. Let them know about suspicious activity in your community by calling 1-866-DHS-2-ICE.

    • Đang chơi bàiThe Department of Labor’s annual  alerts you to products from countries to avoid.

    • Đang chơi bàiThe Department of Health & Human Services'  offers:

      • Đang chơi bàiVictim resources

      • Đang chơi bàiDownloadable training materials

      • Đang chơi bàiGrants to help combat human trafficking

    anytime at 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673). They will connect you anonymously with a counselor at your nearest rape treatment center.

  • Đang chơi bàiFind  online.

  • Call the anytime at 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233). You can talk confidentially with an advocate or find local resources.

  • Contact the  hotline if you or someone you know is a victim of teen dating violence. by phone at 1-866-331-9474, by texting ‘loveis’ to 1-866-331-9474, or by chat online.

  • Get Information About Sexual Assault

    . These legal orders demand that your abuser:

    • Stops hurting or threatening you

    • Stays a certain distance away from you

    . Your local police and court can help you get the process started. Contact your state, county, or municipal courtĐang chơi bài for more information.

    Generally, you have to fill out paperwork and submit it to the county courthouse. If you need protection right away, a judge may issue a temporary restraining order. To get a longer-term order, your judge may require a full court hearing and/or your abuser's presence.

    A protective order can be enforced by police. If necessary, the order can include special provisions like:

    • Custody of children

    • Continued financial support

    • Forcing the abuser to leave a home

    In some states, a protective order requires the abuser to surrender all firearms.

    with the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) .

    Finally, as with any potential legal dispute, you may want to contact a licensed attorney.

    Complaints Against Judges

    Federal Judges

    Learn how to . You can report alleged misconduct or disability that interferes with their ability to perform their duties.

    State and Local Judges

    The rules for filing complaints about state and local judges vary by state.

    To complain about a state judge, contact your state's commission on judicial conduct. It may be listed under state agencies on your state government web site

    includes any image of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor. A minor is anyone younger than 18. 

    Đang chơi bàiChild pornography can include:

    • Drawings

    • Cartoons

    • Sculptures

    • Paintings

    • Photographs

    • Films

    • Videos

    • Computer-generated images or pictures

    Reporting Child Pornography

    To report child pornography, contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:

    Child Pornography in the Mail

    Đang chơi bàiIt is illegal to send child pornography through the U.S. Mail. For more information, visit the U.S. Postal Inspection Service's section on .

    Report Government Vehicle Misuse or Reckless Driving

    To report the misuse or reckless driving of a government vehicle, email howsmydriving@gsa.gov. Provide the following information:

    • Đang chơi bàiDate of the incident

    • Time of the incident

    • Location of alleged misuse

    • Activity that is the cause of your concern

    • License Plate (EX: GXX-XXXXX for GSA owned vehicles)

      • GSA leased vehicles all have license plates that have the following structure (GXX-XXXXX).  If the license plate does not begin with a G, then it is not owned by GSA. But if the license plate follows the approved license plate codes for federal agencies, GSA can forward the report to the correct agency. 

    Other helpful information includes:

    • Description of vehicle (color, vehicle type, make/model, etc)

    • Description of driver and passengers

    • Any pictures or video of the incident

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    Đang chơi bàiLast Updated: November 17, 2020

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