Things to Remember When You W itness a

C rime

I Protect yourself. Run, call for help, hide, do what is appropriate to keep yourself
out of harm’s way if confronted with a dangerous situation.

I Help others. Offer aid if someone is injured.

I Call for help. Dial 911 as soon as possible to report the crime. Stay on the line

with the dispatcher as long as you can to ensure responding officers have the information they need to help you when they arrive. Take directions from dispatchers if you can safely do so. that will be valuable to responding officers and it can be a crucial part of solving the crime.

I Don’t touch or move anything. In certain cases evidence can be left behind

I Pay attention. Notice the people committing the crime. Height, weight, hair and

eye color, race, clothing description, distinguishing marks, facial hair, etc. These are examples of things that can help us identify the suspect. Also pay attention to vehicles that the suspects may leave in. Look for the make, model, color, and most importantly, a license plate number if you are able. directing them to the scene and/or injured parties. Relay exactly what you witnessed, but make sure to only tell officers what you remember. Do not fill in gaps with information with what you believe should be true. And remember, in an emergency situation you may be given directions by officers to do certain things. This is only to ensure everyone’s safety, and officers will speak with you when it is safe to do so.

I Wait for the Police. Assist responding officers by identifying yourself and

I Be a good witness. The arrest of a suspect is not the end of the matter. Officers

and prosecutors rely on eyewitnesses for testimony in court to gain indictments and convictions. There may be forms that you will need to complete, and further help may be needed in the courtroom, which sometimes happens months or years later. It is a team effort between citizens, law enforcement officers, and attorneys to make sure criminals are convicted for their crimes.

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Things to Remember When You W itness a

C rime

I Protect yourself. Run, call for help, hide, do what is appropriate to keep yourself
out of harm’s way if confronted with a dangerous situation.

I Help others. Offer aid if someone is injured. I Call for help. Dial 911 as soon as possible to report the crime. Stay on the line
with the dispatcher as long as you can to ensure responding officers have the information they need to help you when they arrive. Take directions from dispatchers if you can safely do so.

I Don’t touch or move anything. In certain cases evidence can be left behind

that will be valuable to responding officers and it can be a crucial part of solving the crime. eye color, race, clothing description, distinguishing marks, facial hair, etc. These are examples of things that can help us identify the suspect. Also pay attention to vehicles that the suspects may leave in. Look for the make, model, color, and most importantly, a license plate number if you are able.

I Pay attention. Notice the people committing the crime. Height, weight, hair and

I Wait for the Police. Assist responding officers by identifying yourself and

directing them to the scene and/or injured parties. Relay exactly what you witnessed, but make sure to only tell officers what you remember. Do not fill in gaps with information with what you believe should be true. And remember, in an emergency situation you may be given directions by officers to do certain things. This is only to ensure everyone’s safety, and officers will speak with you when it is safe to do so. and prosecutors rely on eyewitnesses for testimony in court to gain indictments and convictions. There may be forms that you will need to complete, and further help may be needed in the courtroom, which sometimes happens months or years later. It is a team effort between citizens, law enforcement officers, and attorneys to make sure criminals are convicted for their crimes.

I Be a good witness. The arrest of a suspect is not the end of the matter. Officers

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