911 or not?

911 or not?

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    911 or not?

    Ok, I was reading the one about the loud car and it got me to thinking from some of those posts: should you or should you not call 911 to contact the police if you have something like that going on? As far as I go I don't even know if the local PD answers the other phone numbers at night. I have called for a disturbance, and the PD responded (about 2 minutes to late, but they came). Just wondering what anyone else knows / thinks on the subject.


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    I guess I'm missing what the real question is. If in doubt.... "ask them". Call 911 and let them know, I'm not sure if you are the ones to contact on this.... but. ....

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    Public disturbance, non emergency I'd use regular PD phone number. At least if something happens it is on record you called.
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    If in doubt make the call any way. We as hard as we try with community policing and proactive patrols we can't be everywhere at once so we rely on the community to let us know whats going on when we are not their. So make the call and have it checked out

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    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    Public disturbance, non emergency I'd use regular PD phone number. At least if something happens it is on record you called.
    +1

    I has in situation 2 weeks ago when I was opening a shop. Kid with a hood pulled over his face (summer time) walked off the side walk and cut accross in front of the shop as I was opening (my back toward the kid). I stopped, quickly turned around, and tried to make eye contact. I did not draw, but it was one of those ?!? situations. The kid avoided making eye contact. Not sure if it was a possible, maybe I'll jump him, or if it was just a stupid kid cutting accross the business property to get to his house.

    For the reason stated above I called.

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    How does the slogan go? Oh yeah, thats it...911 for Emergency...



    911 is not for annoyances.
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    I am guessing this depends where you live. Down here you have your regular 911 and the Non-Emergency line for those disturbances cases. I know that Non-Emergency can switch to 911 in a split second if they determine that the call indeed requires more urgent care.
    About a year or so ago we had a drunk guest who insisted of driving her vehicle. We cajoled, begged and offered a free night stay but she refused, got in her car and left. I called Non-Emergency and explained the situation, when the operator heard that the very very drunk female was on the road (She left the hotel weaving like crazy and almost hitting several vehicles), I was immediately transfered to 911.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    How does the slogan go? Oh yeah, thats it...911 for Emergency...
    911 is not for annoyances.
    You mean I can't call 911 to get tomorrow's weather?
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    You mean I can't call 911 to get tomorrow's weather?
    No, but you can call 911 24/7 to book a room!
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    I think it probably depends from one place to another...some places have different numbers for emergency/non-emergency calls.

    Where I live, you call 911 for any issue that requires any type of officer response (anything from a loud party to a gunfight). All the emergency services use a central dispatch center and the operator will dispatch the appropriate personell (fire, police, EMS, animal-control, sheriff's dept. or Hwy. patrol)
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    If you could or should are two different things. There are only so many 911 lines, why tie one up with something trivial, or because you are to lazy to look up the non emergency number?
    "Just blame Sixto"

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    This is part of the reason a lot of places are getting 3-1-1 now. Where I worked (and it looks like I am going back for a while) we instructed callers that 9-1-1 was for life threatening emergencies only.
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