June 13th, 2011

Public Service Broadcasting

Posted in The Job - General by 200

After years of discussion the government have finally decided to implement a national police non-emergency telephone number.

They decided that a huge number of 999 calls are not emergency & presumably came to the conclusion that this was because most people who ring 999 to report a non-emergency don;t know the local police number, or more probably, can’t be arsed to look it up.

So some time in the next year you’ll all be able to dial 101 & be connected to your local police force. Don’t try it now, unless you work in Wales, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight or Sheffield, because it only works there currently.

Over the summer other forces will be trialling the number to iron out any problems before it goes live nationally.

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  1. Ginger Mick says:

    Here in the colonies (New South Wales) we appear to be a step or two ahead. We have three options: 1) 000 for crimes in progress and urgent situations, 2) the PAL (Police Assistance Line)for reporting non-urgent crimes and incidents, and 3) Crime Stoppers, a number for reporting ‘intel’ type situations such as knowledge of ‘wanted’ people and suspicious or unusual activity.

    June 14th, 2011 at 04:12

  2. Fee says:

    Good idea, if it cuts down on the outright stupid calls being made to 999. I’ve always just dialled the station number (what do you know, the Police are in the phone book!) but I suppose common sense really isn’t that common these days.

    June 14th, 2011 at 14:14

  3. Gary says:

    You clearly don’t realise but the last thing the police want is for you to call them so they make it as difficult as possible. It happened in my old force, everyone knew the local police station number and as a result we had a lot of crime reported to us so to help get rid of that problem they introduced an 0845 number which no one knew and that everyone was suspicious of as they thought it would cost a lot to ring. To go hand in glove with that approach they closed town centre police stations and located them on out of town sites that required transport to get to, that enabled them to reduce the front office staff as less callers reporting things makes for an easy life. Simples really.

    June 14th, 2011 at 15:41

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