Police Department Manual (PDP)

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Effective: 9/14/2017


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PDP 203–06: Reporting Crimes

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To provide guidelines for encouraging people to report all crimes in an accurate and timely manner

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University policy

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ASU encourages people to report all crimes in an accurate and timely manner.  If the victim elects not to or is unable to report, the report may be made by a third party. 

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If you are involved in or a witness to a crime in progress, dial 911 immediately and report the incident. If a cellular phone is used to report the accident, tell the call taker your location so you can be directed to the proper police agency if needed.

If you are involved in or a witness to a delayed or non-emergency crime, call the police department for your jurisdiction. 

  • Tempe Campus/West Campus/Polytechnic Campus/Downtown — ASU Police Department — 480/965-3456
  • Thunderbird Campus — Glendale Police Department — 623/930-3000
  • ASU Colleges at Lake Havasu — Lake Havasu City Police Department — 928/855-1171
If the victim is unable or unwilling to report the crime, it may be reported by a third party.

If police intervention is not desired, you can inform ASU of the crime by:

ASU Police Department will respond, render aid as necessary, assist all involved, and investigate the incident as required by law and policy.

The ASU Police Communications Center is staffed 24 hours a day by trained public safety dispatchers. The dispatchers receive calls from the 911 and non-emergency lines and the LiveSafe mobile app. Calls are assigned to the appropriate police or emergency personnel to handle. When calling to report a crime or incident, be ready to give information such as:

  • a brief description of the occurrence
  • when and where the incident occurred
  • weapon(s) the suspect(s) carried
  • where and when the suspect(s) was last seen
  • description of the suspect(s) (including gender, race, age, height, weight, hair color/length, clothing, facial hair, tattoos/scars)
  • and

  • any other relevant information.

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For further information on reporting emergencies, see:

  1. PDP 101–01, “Reporting an Emergency”
  2. PDP 101–02, “Emergency Call Boxes”

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