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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 (714)738-6800 or (714)738-6715.
  • Child Abuse to Orange County Social Services
    • Call 714-940-1000 or 800-207-4464 (24-hour hotline)
  • Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse to Orange County Social Services
    • Call 800-451-5155 (24 hour hotline)
  • Submit an Anonymous Tip to Fullerton PD
  • Internet Crime Complaints, report to IC3.


How to call the police and what to say

When you call the Fullerton 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 follow:

  • 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?
    • Is it a non-injury accident?
  • Are you calling to report a disturbance?
    • Is it a family dispute?
    • Is it a fight on the street?
    • Are there any guns?
  • Are you calling to report a suspicious activity?
    • What kind?
    • Where?
  • What is the location?
    • Exact address
    • Street number and/or apartment number
    • What is the cross street?
  • 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? What kind? (rifle, gun, knife)
    • Do they have a vehicle?
    • Make, model, color
    • License plate number
    • Which direction did they go?
  • Suspect description - How many? Which direction did they go?
  • PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION
    • Sex, Age, Race,
    • Height, Weight, Build,
    • Hair Color, Eye Color,
    • Mustache, Beard, Hat, Glasses, Complexion
    • Color and type of clothing:
    • Shirt: Long/short sleeve
    • Jacket: Leather or Nylon
    • Pants: long/short
    • Shoes: Tennis/Dress/Boots
    • Dress or Skirt
  • Do you want the police to contact you?

Remember, while you are talking to the police dispatcher, an officer is being sent to your address. 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 738-6800 or 738-6715.

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