File an Online Police Report

The Kirkland Police Department Online Reporting service lets you submit a non-emergency police report immediately and print a copy of the report for free. The service will walk you through the process of completing your police report.

There are three requirements for using our Online Reporting service:

  • The incident is not an emergency
  • The incident occurred within Kirkland city limits and off of the freeway
  • There are no known suspects

How to Report a Hate or Bias Crime: If you are experiencing harassment, violence, or threat of violence, please call 911 immediately. For non-emergency reporting, please call the Kirkland Police Department at 425-577-5656. Due to the sensitive and urgent nature of hate and bias crimes, the Kirkland Police Department requests that reports be made over the phone or in person and not through the online reporting system.

Traffic Collision? If you are involved in a minor traffic accident, you can file your own report through the Washington State Patrol website.

Remember that filing a false police report is a crime.

 

Online

You can file a non-emergency police report online by following the below instructions. Remember the three requirements:

  • The incident is not an emergency
  • The incident occurred within Kirkland city limits and off the freeway
  • There are no known suspects

Step 1.Choose type of crime or tip

If the type of incident is not listed as an option, you cannot file an online police report.

Step 2.Complete the online report

Please choose the type of crime or tip you wish to report:

Harassing Phone Call Theft (general)
Identity Theft (fraud) Theft of Mail
Illegal Dumping Tip Line: Suspicious Activity
Motor Vehicle Prowl Tip Line: Narcotics Activity
Lost Property Traffic Complaint (does not include abandoned vehicles)
Supplemental Reports Vandalism (including graffiti)

Step 3.Receive a temporary confirmation number

After you finish your report, you will receive a temporary confirmation number.  If you choose, you can print your case report at this time. After your report has been reviewed and approved, a case number and a copy of your report will be sent to you by email.

Do not give the temporary confirmation number to your insurance company.

Step 4.Receive your official police case number 

Within three business days, you will receive your final case number or be contacted by a police supervisor. Your official police case number will have the year, a hyphen, and a unique number (e.g., 2021-80000236). This official police case number is what insurance companies will need.

If you would like to remain anonymous: Please feel free to use the links above for the Tip Lines for Suspicious or Narcotics Activity. (Please note that if you elect to report anonymously, you will not receive any follow-up from Kirkland Police, nor will you be able to obtain a copy of your report.)

Remember that filing a false police report is a crime.

Phone

If you cannot file a police report online, you can call the Kirkland Police Department to complete a report.

Step 1.Determine if this is an emergency or non-emergency

In case of emergency, call 911.  If it is not an emergency, call the Kirkland Police Department's non-emergency dispatch phone number: 425-577-5656.

Step 2.Be prepared with information about the incident

Dispatchers answer emergency and non-emergency calls.  Please be ready to answer their questions about your location, contact information, and details of the incident. Dispatchers give this information to police officers, who can then handle the calls.

Remember that filing a false police report is a crime.

 

In Person

If you cannot file a police report online, you can file a report in person with the Kirkland Police Department.

Step 1.Be prepared to discuss the incident with an officer

Police officers will ask about the incident, where it happened, and your contact information. If you have any materials you believe have value as evidence, please consider bringing them if possible. 

Step 2.Come to the Kirkland Police Department lobby

The Kirkland Police Department is located at 11750 NE 118th St, Kirkland, WA. The lobby is open:

  • Monday - Friday: 7am - 5pm

The lobby is closed on weekends and on legal holidays. If you come to the police department after hours, you can pick up the telephone at the lobby entrance doors, which will connect you to the dispatch center for Kirkland Police.

Remember that filing a false police report is a crime.

 

Online Reporting FAQ

What do I do if online incident reporting is not right for me?

If your incident is an emergency or in-progress, call 911.  If non-emergency, call 425-577-5656.

What if this happened in another city? Can I file a report using this online police reporting system?

No. If a crime took place outside of the City of Kirkland, please call the police department for that city.

What if this happened on Interstate 405?

If an incident occurred on a state freeway, please call Washington State Patrol (WSP) at 425-401-7788. WSP has jurisdiction over the freeways.

What is a known suspect?

A known suspect is when you know the person(s) responsible for the crime, where the person(s) responsible are located, or the license plate of an associated vehicle.

Can I get a copy of my report?

At the end of the filing process, you will be given a chance to print a copy of what you submitted.  Once a police supervisor has approved your report, a copy of it will be emailed to you automatically.  Your police case number will be on that approved report.  You can also request a copy of your police report through our Records Unit.

What if I need to change or add to my report?

You will be able to file online supplemental reports. You will need your official police case number (which is listed on your approved report).

What is the difference between the temporary confirmation number and the case number? Are they interchangeable?

The two numbers are not interchangeable. When you initially submit your report, you will receive a temporary confirmation number, which will start with the letter T and be followed by a series of numbers (e.g., T21000181). After a police supervisor approves your report, you will receive your permanent case number, which will start with the year, a hyphen, then a series of numbers (e.g., 2021-80000236). The permanent case number, starting with the year, is your official police case report number. It is the one you should provide to your insurance company if needed.

What is a hate or bias motivation?

This is when someone "maliciously and intentionally commits [an act] because of his or her perception of the victim's race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or mental, physical, or sensory handicap" (RCW 9A.36.080).

Can I report abandoned vehicles with the online reporting system?

No. At this time, we ask that you please report abandoned vehicles via our non-emergency phone line at 425-577-5656.

What personal information is required to complete a report and why?

The following fields are mandatory categories (indicated by a red asterisk):

  • First Name, Last Name, and Date of Birth:  These are needed to create an individual person’s record in our record management system (RMS).
  • Email:  This is necessary so that reviewing personnel can communicate case status and make requests for additional information to the customer. Automatic replies are sent to customers via email, when case status changes.

The following fields are also mandatory, but there is an option to choose "unknown":

  • Ethnicity:  This information is collected and utilized for reporting to the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) as part of their bias-based policing survey. "Unknown" is an acceptable entry and can be chosen if you do not wish to provide the information.
  • Resident Status, Race, and Sex:  This information is required for reporting to the FBI as part of the National Incident Based Reporting System. "Unknown" is an acceptable entry and can be chosen if you do not wish to provide the information.

The following fields are optional (they will not have a red asterisk):

  • Preferred Phone Number
  • Home Address
  • Driver’s License Number and State
  • Height, Weight, Eye Color, and Hair Color

What tips do you have for writing a good narrative for my online report?

We've compiled seven quick tips for writing a good narrative for your online report, followed by an example of a narrative for a theft case.

  1. Write in first person (using "I" and "me" pronouns).  This is your account of events.
  2. Write your report as soon as possible.  The longer you wait, the more details will be forgotten. If you have more information later, you can always submit a supplemental report to your initial one.
  3. Organize your thoughts.  Putting events in chronological order paints a clearer picture of the incident.
  4. Be detailed and thorough.  Dates, times, descriptions, and observations are important. However, remember that you have a 2000-character limit for Online Reporting narratives. We encourage you to be concise and to-the-point, but if this character limit is not enough to provide an account of a situation, you can certainly attach a document with further information (a document scanned as a photo or a PDF file work well).
  5. Proofread your narrative.  It might help to write out your narrative in a word processing program, then copy and paste to the Online Reporting service (but do keep in mind that each page times out after 30 minutes!). Double-check your facts, run spellcheck, and consider asking a family member or friend to read through your narrative for clarity and typos.
  6. Attach pictures or supplemental documentation to your online report.  If you have pictures related to your case, whether they be of stolen property, graffiti on your fence, or a smashed window on your car, you have the opportunity to upload these in the Online Reporting system. If you have a list of stolen property from a previously reported burglary or have been keeping a spreadsheet of nighttime activity at a suspected drug house, you can upload such documents as well (if you can save them as PDFs, those usually work best in our report system).
  7. Stay honest.  Remember that filing a false police report is a crime! If you're not sure about something but think it's important to tell us, write in your narrative that you're not sure about that point.

What is an example of a good narrative for an online report?

This is a sample report narrative for a theft case: 

On 01/05/2021 at about 7:15am, I was leaving my house to go to work when I noticed that my garden gnome was missing from the front yard. It stands in my front yard, to the right (north) of the steps up to my front door. I last saw the gnome the previous night (01/04/2017) at about 8 or 8:30pm, so it must have been taken sometime overnight. The gnome is about 1.5 feet tall and is made out of heavy plaster. It looks like Doc from the movie of Snow White and is carrying a little lantern that is solar-powered and lights up at night. I attached a picture of the gnome to this report. I didn't hear or see anything suspicious during the night. I didn't give anyone permission to take the gnome. I don't know who would have taken the gnome.