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Thursday, February 21, 2013; 2:43 pm

File a Police Report Online

If this is an emergency, crime in progress or immediate need for medical assistance, call 9-1-1!

WARNING: Filing a false police report is a crime and will be prosecuted.

Under Maryland Law, the application which you are filing is being filed under oath.

9-501. False statement - To law enforcement officer

(a) Prohibited - A person may not make, or cause to be made a statement, report,
or complaint that the person knows to be false as a whole or in material part,
to a law enforcement officer of the State....
(b) Penalty - A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on
conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 6 months or a fine not
exceeding $500 or both.

9-503, of the Annotated Code of Maryland

(a) Prohibited - A person who makes a false statement or report of a crime or causes
such a false report or statement to be made to any official or agency of this State, knowing the same, or any material part thereof, to be false and with intent that
such official or agency investigate, consider or take action in connection with such statement or report,
(b) Penalty - A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be subject to a fine of not more than $500, or be imprisoned not more than six
months, or be both fined and imprisoned, in the discretion of the court.

Online reporting is designed to make filing a police report easier and more convenient for you; however, not every crime can be reported online. In most cases, you may report lost property, destruction of property and theft online.

Citizens may file an online police report if the following conditions are met:

  • There is no current emergency. Note: If there is an emergency, call 911 immediately.
  • The crime is not in progress.
    Note: If a crime is in progress, call 911 for emergencies.
  • The incident has not already been reported by phone or in person to police.
    Note: Do not file an online report if a report has been taken by phone or in person by a police officer. This creates unnecessary duplication.
  • The incident occurred more than 30 minutes ago. Note: If an incident occurred fewer than 30 minutes ago, call 911 for emergencies.
  • The incident occurred in Baltimore City.
    Note: If the incident happened outside of Baltimore City, call the police department in the city or county where the crime occurred.
  • There are no known suspects.
  • There are no witnesses who observed the incident or who could provide information leading to the identity of the suspect.
    Note: A witness is someone who actually saw what occurred and/or who can provide information, details or a description of the incident, suspect or suspect vehicle.
  • There is no evidence or fingerprints for police to collect.
  • The incident is not a hate or bias crime.
    Note: A hate or bias crime is an act that appears to be motivated or is perceived by the victim to be motivated all or in part by race, color, religious beliefs, national origin, ethnic background, sexual orientation or disability.

If the incident met all of the above conditions, you may file a report online. Before

filing an online report, be sure to turn off pop-up blocking software.

WARNING: Filing a false police report is a crime and will be prosecuted.

Click start to select an incident type and begin your report  

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Updated: 12/12/14; 10:33 am

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