OPP Clarify What Phone Numbers To Use

Thursday May 5th, 2022

Posted at 7:21pm

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The Ontario Provincial Police Essex County Detachment is sending out a reminder on what phone numbers to use.

Police say that they continue to receive calls for police assistance left on the office answering machine after hours or often hear about an incident after the fact through a third party, but it was never reported to the police.  This often causes unnecessary delays in responding to calls for service.

The Essex County Detachment phones, including Leamington, Kingsville, Essex, Tecumseh, and Lakeshore, are answered Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm by administrative staff. If a member of the public requires immediate police assistance, they should call 9-1-1.

If someone has a non-urgent need for police but would still like to speak with or see an officer, they should dial the toll-free number of 1-888-310-1122. This number will connect them to the OPP call-taking centre dispatcher, who in turn will direct the call to a detachment member who is on duty.

Every OPP detachment has a phone located at the front entrance of the detachment, which will immediately connect you with the OPP Communications Centre.

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