Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich

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What Will I Be Asked When I Call The Police Department?

When you call the Police Department, you will reach a dispatcher who will ask you for the following information (answer as many of these questions as you can):

  • Your name and telephone number as the complainant. This will benefit the investigation in case the officer needs to re-contact you. You also have the option of filing the report anonymously; simply tell the dispatcher that you do not want to be contacted.
  • The victim’s information including their name, age, address, and telephone number.
  • Whether the victim is in immediate need of medical attention.
  • What happened that caused you to suspect elder abuse? Be prepared to give as much detail as possible, including what happened, when it happened, who did it, and where it happened (the location of the abuse will determine which law enforcement agency has jurisdiction).
  • The suspect’s information including their relationship to the victim.

After your call, an officer will respond to the scene to speak with the victim and initiate the investigation.