Safety and Law Enforcement
In assessing decisions about your safety, it’s important to consider as many aspects of your situation as possible. This includes accounting for ways that law enforcement may threaten your safety depending on circumstances of race, gender, ability, class, and more. Decisions about your safety should always include considerations of the potential risks that come with contacting law enforcement.
- If possible, identify non-law enforcement emergency service providers in your area before violence occurs. These service providers can minimize interactions with the criminal legal system during an emergency. This can include local organizations, networks of trusted friends and neighbors, or other groups working towards transformative justice solutions.
- If you determine that it’s safe for you and others for you to do so, call 9-1-1 during a life-threatening emergency. These tips can help prepare you for reporting to the police.
- For non-life threatening situations, consider contacting us 24/7 to speak confidentially with one of our expert advocates.
It’s important to reflect on your comfort and safety regarding law enforcement. Some people feel comfortable with the police while others do not. The decision is yours.
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