This is from Lieutenant John Romero, Commanding Officer, Mission Patrol Division.

If you ever call 9-1-1, you will be connected with trained LAPD Emergency Operators.  Try to remain calm and do not hang up.  Even if you dialed 9-1-1 by mistake, do not hang up; because if the call went through and you hang up, the operator will be required to dispatch a police car.

In Los Angeles, a good non-emergency number is 1-877-ASK-LAPD.  Some “smart phones,” do not have the correct corresponding numerals for “ASK LAPD.” So it is useful to know that 1-877-ASK-LAPD, is 1-877-275-5273.

At this non-emergency number you can select several options, including a zip code locator to help find the nearest LAPD Police Station.  This is helpful if you are away from Mission Area.  The telephone number to Mission Area is 818-838-9800.

Sometimes people have information that would be of great help to a Detective.  Perhaps the person feels that the police must surely already have the information or they may fear that a police car will show up at their house.  People can feel safe about using the following methods to provide a tip to the police.  Keeping our community safe is an honorable thing to do…

If you have information that will help investigators solve a crime or prevent one you can call 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-5273-24-7).

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Sometimes rewards are available.

Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on some keypads) with a cell phone. Because this is a national system, all text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”

Tipsters may also go to, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

Your Mission Area officers are working hard to keep you safe. You have a big role to play too.

Lieutenant Romero

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John Romero
Mission Patrol Division