About

Founded in June 2020, dontcallthepolice.com is an online directory of local resources available as alternatives to calling the police or 911.

We founded dontcallthepolice.com to provide easy access to alternatives to calling the police when faced with a situation that requires de-escalation and/or intervention, not violence.

As advocates work toward policy and funding solutions to develop alternative systems of public safety, every individual can make a difference by changing how we interact with the police and ensuring that law enforcement is not the first call when a better, non-violent resource is available.

In identifying resources for this page, we focus on resources that provide emergency or crisis services, in order to best target the type of immediate concerns that most often lead people to call the police or 911. Every resource on our page is vetted for its policies related to law enforcement involvement. If there is any likelihood of police involvement beyond what is required by law, we clearly describe these circumstances in our listings.

We believe in care, not cops, and will continue to work to support to Black and POC-led organizations working to reimagine public safety.