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How to Call the Police and What to Say

When you call the Marple Township 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 include:

  • 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?
  • Are you calling to report a disturbance?
  • Is it a family dispute?
  • Is it a fight on the street?
  • Are there any known weapons?
  • How many people are involved?
  • Are you calling to report suspicious activity?
  • What kind?
  • Where?
  • What is the location?
  • Exact address
  • Street number and/or apartment number
  • What are the cross streets?



1001 Sussex Boulevard
Broomall, PA 19008
(610) 356-1500
(610) 359-9787 (FAX)