There are three ways to report a crime to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary:
911 if the crime you are reporting is an emergency?
Call our offices at the numbers listed below; or
In person at a detachment office.
Calls for service to the RNC can be attended to by mobile response or can be handled by an alternative means. The type of response is determined by the information received from the person making the complaint.
Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Offices
For emergency response, please call 911
1 Fort Townshend, St. John’s, NL
Mount Pearl (9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday)
59 Clyde Avenue, Mount Pearl, NL
9 University Drive
P.O. Box 39, Corner Brook, NL
417 Booth Avenue
P.O. Box 575, Labrador City, NL
200 Ossokmanuan Street
P.O. Box 69, Churchill Falls, NL
RNC police officers are often asked what information they need when a crime is reported. It is highly valuable to the police if you provide your contact information (name, address, and telephone numbers). This information can be used to contact you if additional information is required and also to record any history of your complaints.
The more detailed information provided the better the RNC are able to respond to your complaint.
Information provided by a complainant is a valuable source of information for the police when investigating criminal activity in a specific neighbourhood. It can be used to identify crime trends and assist with crime prevention strategies.
Police officers rely on reported information as a starting point for any investigation – accuracy is important. If you are a witness, write down what you saw, heard, or even smelled; your memory is most accurate moments after an occurrence. If a person or vehicle is leaving an area, their direction of travel is vital. Please approach police once a situation is safe – the information you provide might be the “missing piece” in solving the problem. If you do not know the answer to a question, let the police officer know. “I don’t know” is better than guessing.
Tips when calling to report an occurrence:
- Basic description: height, weight, and build.
- Clothing description: writing, distinct patterns or colours. Colour and style of shoes
- Physical description: distinct marks, scars, jewelry or tattoos. Permanent markings help with identification. If possible, hair colour, length and style; eye color.
- Interaction: Try to recall exactly what was said and how it was said.
- Make, model, and colour.
- License plate (if possible; a partial is OK too).
- Identifiable markings or damage (stickers, rusting, and tint).
- Number of visible occupants
- If impaired: a driving pattern (i.e.: weaving in lanes, speeds, etc).
- Direction of travel.
For residences or locations:
- Entrances and lane ways.
- If a break and enter: entrance used to gain access or exit; other entrances and how entrance(s) are approached.
- Is there movement in the location? Are there any lights on? Can you see the individual(s) and what are they doing?