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Find alternatives to calling the Tampa Police Department.

Typically, people call the police because they are experiencing or perceive an emergency and need immediate assistance. In order to provide the most effective alternatives to calling the police or 911, unless otherwise indicated, the resources included here are limited to those that offer immediate assistance through emergency or crisis services.

These resources may be obligated to call police in the case of an immediate risk of harm to the caller or another, child abuse, or abuse of a vulnerable adult. Where we know or suspect that a resource may work in cooperation with law enforcement or involve them beyond what is required by law, we acknowledge that in the listing.

These resources are not intended to cover all situations, only to provide the services described. If you are in danger of immediate harm and feel safe doing so, call 911.

Housing

  • Tampa Bay Care Homeless Helpline
    • 211
    • Text: HousingFirst to 898211

LGBTQ+

Coming soon.

Mental Health

  • Gracepoint Mobile Crisis Response Team
    • Gracepoint’s Mobile Crisis team is available when there is an immediate need for compassionate and expert intervention. Our Mobile Crisis Team responds to urgent situations – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to adults experiencing a mental health crisis in their home, school or any other safe community location in Hillsborough County. This organization works with law enforcement and may be accompanied by Tampa PD.
    • (813) 272-2958 or 211
    • Help request form: https://www.crisiscenter.com/get-help/
    • https://www.gracepointwellness.org/site/article/53858-adult-crisis

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

  • Coming soon.

Youth

Please note, people answering these calls may be mandatory reporters, and required to make a report to CPS or law enforcement in certain situations. Learn about local mandatory reporter laws here.

  • Gracepoint Mobile Crisis Response Team
    • Providing mobile crisis intervention for youth age 5-17. Triage by phone and detailed evaluations at home, school or workplace to determine when behavioral crisis care is appropriate. Free of charge. This organization works with law enforcement and may be accompanied by Tampa PD.
    • (813) 272-2882
    • https://www.gracepointwellness.org/site/article/49502-crisis-care

Elders

Coming soon.

Crime

Coming soon.

Substance Abuse

Coming soon.


Please consider using these alternatives to calling the Tampa Police Department or 911 when faced with a situation that calls for de-escalation and/or intervention. We can abolish the police by not calling the police.

We have tried to indicate where police or law enforcement may work with the alternative resources listed; please let us know if you have any concerns about these resources.

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