Battle creek citizens advised to avoid using 911, use online reporting when possible

Posted at 9:31 PM, Mar 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-29 21:31:21-04

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Sunday evening, the Battle Creek Police Department (BCPD) sent a note saying that citizens should avoid calling 911 when you can, as police also support the state and federal guidance on staying home, or remaining at least six feet from others when you must go out, due to COVID-19

For incidents that are not in progress, and where there are no injuries, BCPD is advising that you report via phone to the station or online at the police to citizen portal here. Some examples are items stolen from a vehicle, damage to property, hit and run on private property, internet-based fraud or scams, and harassment.

To report by phone with the PD Telephone Response Unit, call the non-emergency number, 269-781-0911. Tell the dispatcher you want to make a report over the phone. They will pass along your information, and a TRU officer will contact you. If it is truly an emergency, still proceed to call 911.

To report online, visit and click "Report an Incident", and click the online Reporting link on the left. You then can enter the information for your police report. BCPD advises that you please give them as much detail and information as possible. Once you submit the form, an officer will receive it, and contact you within five business days to provide a complaint number, and ask any clarifying questions.

BCPD thanks all citizens for following guidelines to keep the community safe and healthy, and advises citizens to please contact the Battle Creek Police Department with any questions on these methods, at 269-966-3322. Thank you for your support in this effort, and for following guidelines to keep our community safe and healthy.