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Protect DC

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Protect DC?

Protect DC utilizes a multidisciplinary approach that brings together partners from law enforcement, behavioral health, human services, and others to develop comprehensive assessments of an individual’s risk of violence, share information and resources, and coordinate intervention strategies.

Protect DC is funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships, opportunity number DHS-21-TTP-132-00-01.

How can I submit a referral?

You can submit an anonymous referral here.

What are Protect DC’s hours of operation?

The program accepts anonymous online referrals 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will initiate processing as soon as possible.

Community members should call 911 immediately if the individual or situation suggests criminal behavior and/or poses an imminent risk of harm to self or others.

What resources and services do Protect DC provide?

Protect DC resources and services are administered through a multidisciplinary approach, bringing together various disciplines such as behavioral health, human services, and law enforcement. Services include assessments (to determine the credibility, seriousness, and probability of potential violence) and case management (to continuously evaluate, manage, and mitigate the risk of harmful actions). Some resources and services may include but are not limited to behavioral health or emotional support, assistance obtaining protective orders, housing, or employment assistance.

What is iWatch, and how is Protect DC different?

iWatch is a suspicious activity reporting tool enabling users to provide detailed information about suspicious activities or behaviors that may indicate possible criminal or terrorist activity. The Metropolitan Police Department manages the iWatch. Any immediate threats or emergencies should be reported by calling or texting 911 immediately.

Protect DC is a preventative program which provides a tool enabling users to provide referrals anonymously about concerning behavior or communication that may indicate violence against a person, group, or place. Protect DC helps community members at risk of committing violence when they do not pose an immediate threat. Referrals can be submitted 24/7 and will be immediately assessed for imminent violence or crime. The Protect DC program comprises a multidisciplinary team including but not limited to behavioral health, human services, and law enforcement staff who are able to share information and coordinate resources and services to reduce violence.

Is this a free service?

Yes, Protect DC is a free service.

Can I leave a referral anonymously?

Yes, all referrals are anonymous.