Who to call

  • For emergencies

    If you witness any crime or emergency in progress or that has just occurred,
    call 9-1-1 immediately.

  • For non-emergencies

    If you witness any non-emergency criminal activity, call the Crime Check Hotline at 509.456.2233, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Or, submit an online crime report at SpokanePolice.org/CrimeCheck.

    If you observe criminal activity after-the-fact, report it to Crime Check. Simply registering criminal activity with Crime Check helps Police develop long-term plans for allocating limited resources where needed most.

  • For downtown safety, hospitality, and graffiti issues

    Call the downtown Ambassadors are 509.353.9111. Ambassadors assist with many needs, including employee/customer escorts to parked cars, any type of street disturbances, jumpstarting stalled vehicles, or other urgent situations.

    • Ambassadors also provide visitor directions as Certified Tourism Ambassadors.
    • Their valuable services ensure safe and friendly on-street activity, improving the quality of life.
    • Ambassadors are at your service Tuesday-Saturday with limited Monday hours.
    • To request graffiti removal Downtown, call the Clean Team at 509.624.9111.
    • You can submit an online graffiti report at my.spokanecity.org/police/prevention/graffiti/ or call 3-1-1.
  • After hours

    For emergencies or if you are concerned for your safety, call 9-1-1.

    For non-emergencies, call the Crime Check Hotline at 509.456.2233. To submit a report online, visit SpokanePolice.org/CrimeCheck.

Know the rules

  • GRAFFITI VANDALISM

    It is a gross misdemeanor to intentionally deface public or private property, by etching, painting, spray painting, covering, gouging, drawing upon, or otherwise placing a mark upon public or private property without owner authorization. (City of Spokane Ordinance Section 10.10.070) It is the property owner’s responsibility to remove or cover the graffiti within 10 days of notice, in order to mitigate further proliferation of graffiti. (City of Spokane Ordinance Section 10.10.090)

  • LITTER & RUBBISH

    No owner or occupant of abutting property may allow the accumulation of litter on sidewalks or planting strips, whether or not such litter is deposited by such owner or occupant. (City of Spokane Ordinance Section 10.08.010)

  • LIQUOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION / OPEN CONTAINER

    It is a class 3 civil infraction to open a liquor container or consume liquor in a public place, except as permitted by law. (City of Spokane Ordinance Section 10.08.200)

  • MARIJUANA POSSESSION/CONSUMPTION

    It is a class 3 civil infraction to open or consume a package containing marijuana or a marijuana-infused product in view of the general public. (City of Spokane Ordinance Section 10.15.220)

  • SMOKING PROHIBITED

    Smoking is prohibited within a minimum distance of 25 feet from entrances, exits, open windows, and ventilation intakes that serve enclosed smoking prohibited areas. (State of Washington RCW 70.160.075)

  • MALICIOUS MISCHIEF (VANDALISM)

    It is a gross misdemeanor to knowingly and maliciously cause physical damage to any public or private building, structure, or
    personal property without owner authorization. (City of Spokane Ordinance Section 10.12.020)

  • PUBLIC DISTURBANCE NOISE

    It is unlawful to knowingly cause or permit sound that is a public disturbance noise and refuse to cease when ordered to do so by a law enforcement officer. The content of the sound will not be considered in determining any violation. (City of Spokane Ordinance Section 10.08D.090)

  • SIDEWALK RIDING

    No person may ride a bicycle, skateboard, or non-motorized vehicle upon any sidewalk or other pedestrian way within the congested retail zone. (City of Spokane Ordinance Section 16a.61.787)

  • PEDESTRIAN/VEHICLE INTERFERENCE / AGGRESSIVE PANHANDLING

    It is a misdemeanor to intentionally obstruct pedestrian or vehicle traffic flow in a public place, or aggressively solicit someone using conduct that would likely intimidate a reasonable person. (City of Spokane Ordinance Section 10.10.025)

  • SIT AND LIE

    It is a misdemeanor to sit or lie on, or upon any object not intended for sitting, on a public sidewalk, 6:00am - midnight in the retail core. Boundaries are generally Spokane Falls Blvd. to the freeway and Division St. to Maple St. A Police Officer must first advise violators and give reasonable time to comply. If they refuse to move or are contacted again, they may be cited. (City of Spokane Ordinance Section 10.10.026)

  • PUBLIC TRANSIT CONDUCT

    It is a misdemeanor to knowingly: smoke or carry a lit pipe, cigar, or cigarette; discard litter; spit, urinate, or defecate; consume or possess an alcoholic beverage; obstruct or impede transit vehicle flow or passenger traffic; or unreasonably disturb others, while on or in a transit vehicle or station. (City of Spokane Ordinance Section 10.10.100)

  • TRESPASSING

    It is a misdemeanor to knowingly enter or remain unlawfully in or upon another’s premises. (City of Spokane Ordinance Section 10.12.050)

  • VEHCILE PROWLING

    It is a gross misdemeanor to make or have in possession any tool or implement that is adapted, designed, or commonly used for vehicle prowling. (City of Spokane Ordinance Section 10.12.045)