Reporting LGBTQ Crimes

Report LGBTQ Crimes

If you are a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) victim of, or witness to a crime, please report the incident to the police, either during, or immediately after it occurs by calling 911.

The 911 operator needs quick and concise information, such as:

• Your location

Your location

911 Operator will confirm your location.

• Your injuries

Your injuries

911 Operator will call medics while talking with you.

• Incident Details

Incident Details

What happened?

• What was said

What was said

Tell the 911 operator and the responding officer if the suspect(s) used words to indicate a hate crime.

• Weapons involved?

Weapons Involved?

Describe it as a gun, knife, etc.

• Description of suspects

Description of suspects

Age, race, height, weight and clothing description of the suspect(s).

• Any unusual characteristics

Any unusual characteristics

Scars, marks, tattoos, piercings, speech, etc.

• Suspect vehicle description

Suspect vehicle description

Color, make, model, vehicle license.

• Direction of travel

Direction of travel

Which way did they flee?

While these questions are being asked, please remember an officer and/or medical support is already on the way. Even if you think the crime is insignificant, or that you don’t want to bother the police over small issues, reporting crimes quickly allows the Miami Beach Police Department to:

Prevent

Respond immediately to the scene to prevent further harm to you or others.

Collect

Collect evidence that could be destroyed if not discovered and collected quickly.

Ask

Interview witnesses who may otherwise be gone if you delay your call to 911.

Protect

Apprehend the suspect(s) quickly so they do not continue to victimize others.

Investigate

Determine if the suspect(s) are engaged in a pattern of previous and/or ongoing behavior that threatens the community.

Safety

Increase community awareness of criminal activity in the area through media notification & alerts.

Create

Develop solutions and/or deterrents to reduce the crime by adding patrols to the area.

PLEASE NOTE: Someone calling you a derogatory name is not a crime. It is constitutionally protected free speech. If the comments are accompanied by threats, threatening behavior, or physical harm, it then becomes a crime.