Loading...
Text Size Translate

The City of Arkansas City strives to provide a high quality of life for its citizens by furnishing a variety of efficient services in a professional, courteous manner.

Request email notification when page changes E-Notify
How to Be a Helpful Witness

IF YOU ENCOUNTER A CRIME SITUATION:

Do not resist: Obey the commands of the offender. This is not only important for your safety, but it often gives the criminal a false sense of security, and then he/she may say or do something which will help you make a future identification, or give you the opportunity to escape.

YOU CAN BE A HELPFUL WITNESS:

  1. Notice age, race, sex, height, and weight of subject. Compare your weight and height with the subject’s.
  2. Color of Hair – note if hair is straight, curly, close-cropped, or long; if parted, if hair is thick, bushy, thin, balding, dyed, braided or shaved.
  3. Clothing – notice if clothing is clean, dirty, neatly pressed; color and type.
  4. Eyes – Are the subject’s eyes large, squinted, small, set close, far apart; are they a definite color?
  5. Face – Is the subject’s face round, full, slender, sharp, high cheekbones; thick or thin lips; large or small nose? Do ears protrude or are they close to the head; are they large or small?
  6. Hands – Are the subject’s hands small, large, rough, smooth, tattooed; fingers missing or crippled; notice jewelry, especially rings or watches with unusual features.
  7. Scars and Marks – Be alert for scars, pockmarks, wrinkles, moles, heavy eyebrows, mustache, condition of teeth, body piercings, tattoos etc.
  8. Voice – Does the subject have a regional or foreign accent; well modulated or loud and strident? Were words pronounced clearly or mumbled? Try to specifically recall the exact words spoken by the subject.
  9. Outstanding Characteristics – Pick out some characteristics which will help you identify the subject in the future.
  10. Weapon Used – Was it a gun, knife, or club, etc. How was the weapon used?

SUSPECT DESCRIPTION

Physical Characteristics

Clothing

Race

Sex

Hat

Hair

Eyes

Shirt

Age

Complexion

Coat

Height

Weight

Tie

Scars

Marks

Trousers

Tattoos

Speech

Shoes

Left/Right Handed

Other – glasses, facial hair

 
 

Distinguishing Marks

Vehicle Used

 

Direction of Escape

License

 

Method of Escape

Make

Type of Weapon

 

Model

Handgun

 

Color

Shotgun

   

Other

   

Do not touch anything or clean up if a crime has occurred. Preserve the scene until the Arkansas City Police Department can inspect for evidence.

If you find a door or window has been forced or broken while you were absent, DO NOT ENTER! The criminal may still be inside. Use a neighbor’s phone to immediately summon the Police.