[Chat] Fwd: Crime Alert

Stephen J Gewirtz gewirtz at bellatlantic.net
Wed May 23 10:15:25 EDT 2007


To summarize, if you call 911 and a crime is *in progress*, then say 
so.  The dispatcher needs to know that time is really of the essence.

Steve.

Katie wrote:
>
> Dear Crime Alert list members,
>
>  
>
> After speaking with the Northern Police Department I would like to 
> pass on a message. 
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>  
>
> When you are calling 911 to report a crime it is important to know 
> that the way in which officers are deployed depends on how the 
> dispatcher reports the crime.  
>
>  
>
> If it is a crime IN PROGRESS it is very important to say so to the 
> dispatcher.  If the clarification between, *someone is breaking into 
> my house* and something like *my house got broken into today*, is not 
> made, the officers may not respond as quickly because it is not a 
> situation in progress. 
>
>  
>
> Of course do not ever say that there is a situation in progress if it 
> is not true, but if it is, it can mean the difference between a 10 
> minute response as opposed to a 45 minute response time. 
>
>  
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> Also, it is important that you try to make contact with the officer 
> when they show up to the scene otherwise the officer may not be able 
> to complete the task they were sent there for.
>
>  
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> I hope this helps everyone, not that I expect you all to be calling 
> 911 all the time, but in case you do, you know the procedure. 
>
>  
>
> Katie
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>  
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> Katie Beltz
>
> Block Leader Coordinator
>
> Charles Village Community
>
> Benefits District
>
> 410-235-4411 x16
>
> Katie at charlesvillage.org
>
>  
>

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