Do not attempt to apprehend or take any action beyond reporting the whereabouts of wanted criminals. If you need immediate assistance or would like to report criminal activity, please contact your local police department or appropriate agency or call 911.
The following agencies and organizations maintain their own most wanted or fugitive lists, in some cases offering rewards for information:
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) Most Wanted Fugitives list includes photos and ATF contact information.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) shows the DEA Fugitives being tracked in each region of the country. The fugitive profiles include photos and details.
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) most wanted fugitives include many believed to be living overseas.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Most Wanted provides photos and descriptions of wanted fugitives and terrorists, as well as missing persons and victims of kidnapping.
Interpol's Most Wanted shows fugitives sought by Interpol, the international police agency that tracks criminals across national borders.
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery which uses force, fraud, or coercion to exploit its victims for some type of labor or commercial sex purpose. It happens around the world and in the U.S.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.
The FBI's human trafficking page explains the culture of modern day human trafficking. It shares stories of successful prosecutions of traffickers, explains victims' rights, and offers suggestions for coping with the trauma of victimization.
Contact the Loveisrespect hotline if you or someone you know is a victim of teen dating violence. Reach a peer advocate anytime by phone at 1-866-331-9474, by texting ‘loveis’ to 22522, or by chat online.
Generally, you will need to fill out the appropriate paperwork and submit it to the county courthouse. If you're in immediate need of protection, a judge may issue a short-term emergency order of protection or temporary restraining order. Depending on your state, a longer-term protective order may be issued by a judge with or without a full court hearing and with or without your abuser present.
A protective order can be enforced by police and, if necessary, can include special provisions like:
Custody of children
Continued financial support
Forcing the abuser to leave a residence
In some states, a protective order requires the abuser to surrender all firearms.
File a Complaint About a Law Enforcement Agency or Officer
If you have experienced police misconduct:
Contact the law enforcement agency involved.
Submit your complaint in writing to the chief of police or the head of the law enforcement agency involved.
Send a copy of your complaint to the Internal Affairs Division of the law enforcement agency. Be sure to keep a copy for yourself.
Finally, as with any potential legal dispute, you may want to contact a licensed attorney.
Complaints Against Judges
You can file a complaint against a federal judge alleging misconduct or a disability that interferes with the judge's ability to perform his or her judicial duties. Learn how to file a complaint about a federal judge. The rules for filing complaints about state and local judges vary by state. Contact your state government to learn more about filing a complaint.
Report Child Pornography
Federal law defines child pornography as any kind of visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor (any person younger than 18). This includes drawings, cartoons, sculptures, paintings, photographs, films, videos, or computer-generated images or pictures.
To report child pornography, contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:
It is illegal to send child pornography through the U.S. Mail. For more information, visit the U.S. Postal Inspection Service's section on child exploitation.
Reporting Criminal Activity
If you want to report criminal activity, contact your local law enforcement authorities first. They can determine if a report of criminal activity needs attention. If this is an emergency, call 911.
How to Report Local or State Law Violations
Report suspected criminal activity (traffic violations, illegal drugs, etc.) to your local police or sheriff's department or your nearest state police office. You can find contact information online or in your local telephone directory under Police Departments or Local Governments.
How to Report Federal Law Violations
Report suspected violations of federal law to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI investigates cyber crime, public corruption, hate crimes, human trafficking, white-collar crime, violent crime, and more. To report known or suspected criminal activity to the FBI:
Report Government Vehicle Misuse or Reckless Driving
To report the misuse or reckless driving of a government vehicle, please email email@example.com and provide the following information:
Date of the incident
Time of the incident
Location of alleged misuse
Activity that is the cause of your concern
License Plate (EX: GXX-XXXXX for GSA owned vehicles)
GSA leased vehicles all have license plates that have the following structure (GXX-XXXXX). If the license plate does not begin with a G, then it is not owned by GSA. However, if the license plate follows the approved license plate codes for Executive Branch agencies and other federal entities, GSA can forward the report to the owning agency on your behalf. You can also look up the agency license plate code.
Other helpful information includes:
Description of vehicle (color, vehicle type, make/model, etc)
Description of driver and passengers
Any pictures or video of the incident
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