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Ask HPD: Crime in Progress


Question: What should I do if I see a crime in progress?

Answer: Stay calm and be a good witness. Get to a safe location and call 9-1-1 immediately. Provide the dispatcher with as much information as possible including your location. Describe the physical characteristics of the suspect or suspects such as height, weight, race, facial hair, scars, tattoos, and clothing. Ask yourself, ‘How many people are involved? Are there any weapons involved? Are the persons on foot or in a vehicle?’ When officers arrive to the scene, be prepared to fill out a witness statement.

Have a question? Email us: askhpd@honolulu.gov