NARCOTICS ACTIVITY REPORTS (NARS)
REPORTING DRUG ACTIVITY
DRUG ACTIVITY IN PROGRESS - CALL 9-1-1
For drug activity that is in progress or needs an immediate police response, call 9-1-1. If a patrol car is available, an officer will respond. If you would like to speak with the officer, tell the 9-1-1 operator.
ON-GOING DRUG ACTIVITY
On-going drug activity, which police need to be aware of, but doesn't require immediate response, can be reported by calling one of the following locations and asking to file a Narcotics Activity Report (NARS).
REPORT ONLINE: NARS Reports can now be filed online using our Community Online Reporting Form.
CALL NARCOTICS: Between the hours of 8:00 am - 4:00 pm you can call the Narcotics Section directly at
(206) 684-5797. After hours you can call the non-emergency line at (206) 625-5011.
CALL YOUR COMMUNITY POLICE TEAM:
North Precinct (206) 684-0794
South Precinct (206) 386-9180
East Precinct (206) 684-4370
West Precinct (206) 684-8996
Southwest Precinct (206) 615-1976
NOTE: You can report drug activity anonymously, but it is more helpful if you give your name and phone number in case additional information is needed. You can ask that your name not be released to anyone.
SIGNS OF DRUG ACTIVITY
It is often hard to be certain that what you are seeing involves drugs, but some patterns may indicate drug activity:
An unusually large amount of traffic coming to the building - in cars, taxis, or walking - often at strange hours. Visitors may sometimes pound on doors or shout to be let in. This traffic is usually quick, with people staying only a short time. Sometimes they don't go in at all; instead, someone comes out to meet them.
Finding drugs or drug paraphernalia (syringes, pipes, etc.) in the area.
Repeated, observable exchanges of items, especially where money is visible.
Offers to sell you drugs, or conversation about drugs that you overhear.
Noxious odors from or around the building, such as "musty" smells.
Buildings where extreme security measures seem to be being taken.
Buildings where no owner or primary renter is apparent, and no home activities, yard work, painting, or maintenance, etc., seems to be going on.
It is important to distinguish between obnoxious or peculiar behavior and drug activity. Racial or ethnic background, economic level, or lifestyle choices do not mean the person is a drug dealer.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND DISCARDED NEEDLES, SYRINGES, AND OTHER SHARPS
Needles, syringes and other sharps are considered hazardous material and require proper disposal. If you use sharps and need information on how to properly dispose of your used sharps, Seattle Public Utilities offers guidance.
If you find discarded needles, syringes and other sharps on public or private property in Seattle city limits, you can report it to the City. Visit the Customer Service Bureau for guidance.