How and When to contact Public Safety Communications

To report a situation that poses an immediate threat to life and property requiring an emergency public safety response, dial 911 immediately. Examples include, but are not limited to: 

  • An auto accident with injuries
  • A fire
  • A medical emergency
  • Crimes in progress -- such as a person threatening others with a weapon -- a fight, robbery or burglary happening at the time you call

For all other situations requiring public safety services, dial the non-emergency number: 703-792-6500. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Assistance with moving a disabled/ill person who has fallen or needs to be transferred to a bed or vehicle

  • Barking dogs
  • Finding property (including vehicles) that has been lost, stolen or vandalized
  • Flooded basement
  • Lock-outs from autos, homes or businesses
  • Loud music
  • Runaways

For telephone numbers for other County agencies call 703-792-6000.