File a Police Report

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

The online system linked below would allow you to submit, print and copy your report.

If this is an Emergency, call 911

Before filing a report online, all of the following statements must be true:

  1. This is not an emergency.
  2. There are no known suspects.
  3. There are no witnesses who observed the incident or who could provide information leading to the identity of the suspect.
  4. The crime is not in progress. 
  5. The incident has not already been reported by phone or in person to police.
  6. The incident occurred more than 30 minutes ago.
  7. The incident occurred in Baltimore City.
  8. There is no evidence or fingerprints for police to collect.
  9. The incident is not a hate or bias crime. (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.)
  10. The incident did not occur on a State freeway. (See Online Citizen Police Report Frequently Asked Questions if you have any questions about these statements.)

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

Click Here to File your Police Report

When you finish making your report, you will see these words: "Your online police report has been submitted." You can print a copy of your report to keep for your records, and you will be given a temporary police report case number. 

Once your report has been reviewed and approved, you will receive a Permanent Report Number. This is the number used within the Police Department to track your report. You must have a Permanent Report Number to follow up on the incident you reported.

*Please note: All cases filed using the Citizens Online Police Reporting System will be reviewed. Upon review, if further investigation of your case is needed, you may be contacted.

9-501  False statement - To law enforcement officer

1. 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....

2. 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.

9-503 Annotated Code of Maryland

1. 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.

2. 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.


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