Daily Challenge Saturday Aug. 11, 2012

Everyday Well-Being

Learn the non-emergency number for your local police department.

How to do it

Visit the website for your town or city and locate the non-emergency number for your local police department. (If you don't know the website address, type the name of your town/city and state or province into your browser's search engine, and you should see the site listed first.) Write down the number and put it in a handy spot.

Why it matters

Calling your town's emergency number is appropriate when requesting emergency assistance, but when a situation is not life-threatening or dangerous, police departments want citizens to use their non-emergency line. (Things like traffic accidents without any injuries, power outages, or school closings are common but inappropriate reasons for requesting emergency assistance.) If you have the non-emergency number handy and are faced with a situation that calls for police assistance, you'll be less likely to tie up the emergency line unnecessarily - and leave it open for others in your community who truly need it.

Fun fact

A woman from Washington County, Oregon made news in 2006 when she called her town's emergency number to ask out a police officer who had visited her home to investigate a noise complaint.


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