We receive quite a few questions about when to call 911 and when not to. Below are a list of examples that will hopefully take the guess work out of your decision. 
That being said, ALWAYS go with your gut and call 911 if you're not sure.

Edgewood Police Department Office 253-952-0275

To speak to someone at the Edgewood Police Department office call during business hours 
Monday-Friday 7am-3:30 pm. 
Or leave a voicemail and your call will be returned the next business day. 

Call 911 for the following:

To report an emergency or any in-progress crime
Events that involve an immediate threat to a person or property. An in-progress crime such as a fight, break in, or a report of an impaired driver. A serious crime that just occured such as an assault or robbery. A suspicious circumstance that may indicate an imminent criminal act, such as a prowler or vandal. 

Any fire, even a tiny grease fire in your kitchen can grow and spread rapidly, so call right away even if you think you can put out the flames on your own.

Medical emergencies 
Call 911 immediately for any life-threatening medical problem. These include chest pain, choking, difficulty speaking, drowning, numbness, poisoning, sudden intense pain, severe burns, a suicide threat or any other serious medical problem.

Call the non emergency Line 253-798-4721 option 1 for the following:

Reporting a crime with no suspect
Example: theft of a license plate

Reporting a crime with a suspect, but the suspect is not present 
Example: Fraud

Reporting a serious crime with a suspect, but with a lengthy delay
Example: Assault that occurred last night at a bar

Non Emergency in progress 

Example: Noisy party next door

On-going crime issues or crimes that are not in progress
Example: Grafitti or ongoing drug dealing with no suspect on scene

A suspicious circumstance that may indicate ongoing criminal activity
Example: Suspected drug lab