Don’t just be a bystander; be a witness!
The Calgary Police Service has partnered with students from SAIT Polytechnic’s Film and Video Production program to create a video series titled The Witness, which is aimed at helping people be the best witnesses possible.
The series follows a man who has a special power of always being in the wrong place at the wrong time. As the main character learns how to be a better witness, viewers will also learn what they should do if they ever find themselves witnessing a crime.
Calgarians are encouraged to remember three words when they find themselves being a witness: observe, record and report. Witnesses can help the police best when they follow as many of these steps as possible:
- If it is an emergency or a crime in progress, call 9-1-1 immediately.
- Move to a safe place until police arrive.
- Take note of the appearance of the people involved, including their:
- Age and gender
- Ethnicity and build
- Height and weight
- Hair colour and length
- Face shape and/or facial hair
- Eye colour and shape
- Clothing type and colour
- Anything else distinct about them
- Take note of the environment around the incident:
- Nearby vehicles, including:
- Year, make and model
- License plate number
- Number of occupants
- Body damage, bumper stickers or decals.
- Direction of travel
- Which street it was parked/driving along when you last saw it
- Take note of what happened:
- How many people were involved
- What they did and to whom
- What was said (if you can safely hear)
- How they left the scene
- What direction were they traveling
- Report what you noted to police.