When I call the Police, what information should I have ready to give them?

The information needed will vary based on what is being reported. The following is a list of questions that could be asked when you call for Police service. Not all questions would be applicable to every call. The Communications Operator is going to want to know:

  • What is occurring or has occurred?
  • The location of occurrence?
  • Your name and phone number? (anonymous calls are accepted)
  • Your location, if different from location of occurrence?
  • The time of occurrence?
  • Are there any injuries?
  • Is anyone intoxicated?
  • Are there weapons involved?
  • How many people are involved?
  • What is the descriptions of people involved? (start from the top, i.e., gender, race, hair color, eye color, height, weight, scars/tattoos, clothing)
  • What is the description of the vehicles involved? (tag, color, make, model, year)
  • What was the direction of travel for anyone leaving the scene on foot or in a or in a vehicle?
  • Are there any witnesses? Are they still on the scene?
  • Are there any animals at the house? Inside or outside?
  • Is the location fenced? Are there any clotheslines or pools?
  • Has anyone been outside?

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1. Who is the Chief of Police at the Clanton Police Department and how large is the department?
2. What is the difference between a Police Officer and a Detective?
3. How do I go about filing a Police report - When should I call 911?
4. When I call the Police, what information should I have ready to give them?
5. What is my case status?
6. What if I've realized there is additional stolen property. What do I now?
7. What should I do if I'm involved in a traffic accident? Do I need to file a report?
8. What should I do if I witness a crash?
9. My vehicle was towed. Where is it now?
10. How do I obtain a copy of my incident or accident report? How long must I wait for a copy of my report?
11. Where do I get my fingerprints done?
12. I am purchasing a home. What is the crime rate in the area?
13. Will the Clanton Police Department respond to noise complaints?
14. Will the Clanton Police Department respond to a call of a barking dog?
15. Will the Clanton Police Department respond if I lock my keys in my car?
16. How do I report a reckless driver? Can I report them?
17. What should I do if I witness criminal activity or if I am a victim of a crime in Clanton?
18. Where can I find information on the City of Clanton Municipal Ordinances?
19. How do I pay a ticket before court?
20. Who do I call to ask about some who been arrested?
21. How do I find out information about felony warrants?
22. Is there a curfew in Clanton for juveniles?
23. What can I do to crime-proof my home or business?
24. How do I have someone evicted?
25. How do I comment on a Clanton Police Officer or other employee?
26. What actions to take when stopped by a Law Enforcement Officer?
27. What is Terrorism?