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 A question of anonymity....

When making a call to the police to report a domestic dispute (or anything for that matter) can you be kept anonymous by the officers responding??  (if you feel like reading the story it's there, if not I figured I'd save you the time and put just the question...)


 


I was always told you could make an anonymous call (so-to-speak, even though your information comes up w/your number, where you live, etc).  The other night I was with some friends at a house of this twenty-something year old when he and his step-father started arguing.  They argued for almost an hour and it just kept getting louder and more "intense".  The son and his friend had just come from somewhere and were drunk, as were his parents.  They were really getting up in each other's faces so the friend got involved to try to break it up which only lead to him becoming a part of it.  When someone threw something and it hit the mother/wife by accident, fists started to fly. They were really going at it.  That's when a friend of mine called the police.  I went outside as I ended up talking to the person on the phone.  I said I didn't want my name to be used because of the people involved/what was happening and he said many times that it would be "anonymous" and the officers arriving wouldn't have my name either etc.   When the cops pulled in everyone was acting like nothing was going on - as if they thought they'd buy it.  The officers did their thing and everyone said it must have been the neighbors cuz no one there had called, so one officer asked over his radio if they knew the name of who called and the answer came back my name loud and clear and the officer repeated it asking which one I was....   Long story short-er, No one wanted to press charges and the cops made the three involved split up for the night - the friend left and the step-father went next door.  Not 10 minutes after the cops left the guy originally involved was screaming at me and his brother was trying to get him to back off from me so I grabbed my keys and left.  I met the step-dad in the driveway coming back over and he was furious saying I wasn't welcome in his home and I'd leave if I knew what was good for me etc.   

To get to the point, their reaction isn't the concern.  I mean I left and I have no intentions of going back over there, I'm not stupid.  I was just wondering about the whole anonymity thing....  No one knew I had reported it (except for my friend who called) because I went out to the drive way - that is until the officer told them. Nothing ended up happening with them towards me except for noise, and given the opportunity I'd do it again - I feel it was the right thing - but what if one had been arrested or w/e... Who knows how mad at me they would have been then.


Don't know if you know the answer to this, but just a thought/question I had.

Thanks!! :)

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Technically, when you call 911, you give up all rights of anonymity.  At my agency if your info comes up on the screen then it goes in the ticket regardless of what you request, which the officers can see in their cars.  But we verbalize over the air if you requested to be anonymous so they have a heads up not to tell the parties involved who the caller was.


If you want to ensure your info is not given out, then call the non-emergency number where they won't get that info, and when they ask you for your name/address you can politely decline and they will not have it.


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MrJim911 says ...



Technically, when you call 911, you give up all rights of anonymity.  At my agency if your info comes up on the screen then it goes in the ticket regardless of what you request, which the officers can see in their cars.  But we verbalize over the air if you requested to be anonymous so they have a heads up not to tell the parties involved who the caller was.


If you want to ensure your info is not given out, then call the non-emergency number where they won't get that info, and when they ask you for your name/address you can politely decline and they will not have it.



WE HAVE ALOT OF CALLERS LIKE THAT, CALL 911 AND WE GET AN ANI/ALI SCREEN AND THEN THEY SAY I DONT WANT ANYONE TO KNOW WHO I AM, REAL GENIUSES

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BENKILE2428 says ...



MrJim911 says ...



Technically, when you call 911, you give up all rights of anonymity.  At my agency if your info comes up on the screen then it goes in the ticket regardless of what you request, which the officers can see in their cars.  But we verbalize over the air if you requested to be anonymous so they have a heads up not to tell the parties involved who the caller was.


If you want to ensure your info is not given out, then call the non-emergency number where they won't get that info, and when they ask you for your name/address you can politely decline and they will not have it.



WE HAVE ALOT OF CALLERS LIKE THAT, CALL 911 AND WE GET AN ANI/ALI SCREEN AND THEN THEY SAY I DONT WANT ANYONE TO KNOW WHO I AM, REAL GENIUSES



 


She called on the house phone of the people involved so it wasn't my information that came up... but when I got the phone I told the person my name anyway and willingly.  I just asked if when the cops got there if it could be kept as anonymous and he said it would be if I needed it to be.  He said this a couple of times - that they would just say they got an anonymous call or a concerned person had contacted them... etc. - and when the officers first got there that is what they did.  It was after a few minutes of being there that the officer radioed for the name of the caller.  Whether or not my name was used really isn't a big deal, they just needed to be stopped before it escalated even further than the current fist fight they were having.  I was just wondering because I've always been told you can request to be kept anonymous - the important thing is that help gets there - etc etc

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We get callers who don't want to give their name but even if they give their name we do not release that to the parties involved in the complaint. Now if they do give their info it will eventually come out in court especially if they sign a statement or identify someone in a lineup.


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If you truly want to be anonymous...don't give your name.


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