Are You One Of 10,950 People Pocket Dialling 911 Each Year?

Thursday October 18th, 2012

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Windsor Police are making a plea for the public’s help to eliminate 21,930 phone calls between dispatchers and the public each year.

With the an increasing number of people using cell phones today, Windsor Police are asking the public to consider locking their phones prior to placing them in a pocket or purse.

Police say that, on average, the Windsor Police Communications Centre receives 30 “pocket” 911 calls per day, amounting to approximately 10,950 call per year.

Police dispatchers also have to call back to ensure that there is not a real emergency happening, bringing the number of unnecessary calls up to 21,930 per year, which they say is tying up valuable resources away from true 911 emergencies.

“Locking a cell phone prior to placing it in a pocket or purse is a simple way to assist our dispatchers,” says Windsor Police Sergeant Matthew D’Asti in a release, “this keeps our phone lines free and clear for true 911 emergencies.”

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