For whatever reason, some people may not feel comfortable using either 9-1-1 or the police non-emergency number 3-1-1 to report informtion regarding crimes. That’s why the Chicago Police Department created various telephone hotline numbers as another option for reporting information.
These hotlines protect the anonymity of the caller and help simplify the process of reporting crime information. The hotlines are easy to remember and require only that you leave a message, give information, or state the purpose of your call — all without having to identify yourself or your location.
However, the hotlines should never be used to report crimes in progress or other emergency situations. 9-1-1 is the appropriate number for these situations.
Here are the Police Department’s most frequently used hotline numbers:
Bomb & Arson Hotline: 773-533-FIRE
Used for reporting information about arson, suspicious incendiary devices, potential bombs, and related criminal matters.
Chicago Anti-Gun Enforcement (CAGE) Hotline: toll-free 877-CPD-GUNS (877-273-4867)
Used for reporting information about individuals and locations involved in gun trafficking or the illegal use or possession of firearms. Used for gun turn-ins.
CRACK44 (Drug) Hotline: 800-CRACK44 (312-747-3673/TTY)
Used for reporting information about individuals and locations involved in drug trafficking.
You may also report drug activity anonymously using the online Drug Trafficking Form.
Gang Hotline: 312-746-GANG (312-746-4276/TTY)
Used for reporting information about gangs and gang-related activity.