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OPP Remind Residents of Proper 9-1-1 Use and of Citizen Self Reporting Option

OPP Remind Residents of Proper 9-1-1 Use and of Citizen Self Reporting Option
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PRESCOTT –  The Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) continue to receive calls made to 9-1-1 that should have never been made. The public is reminded that 9-1-1 is for police, fire, or medical emergencies when someone’s health, safety or property is in jeopardy or a crime is in progress. Misuse and abuse of 9-1-1 could result in a slower response to a real emergency; risking the safety of people who may need urgent help. The OPP reminds you that the toll-free number 1-888-310-1122 is available 24/7 for non-emergency calls for service in Ontario. It is the OPP’s policy to dispatch an officer to every identifiable location of every 9-1-1 call to ensure the safety of the person who made the call. As such, cell phone users are requested to help reduce the number of 9-1-1 pocket dials by keeping their cell phone in a holster and/or making sure the keypad is locked.

People should also be aware that they have the option to report select occurrences to police from the convenience of a computer or mobile device. Using the Citizen Self Reporting system, specific incidents can be reported online at your convenience without attending a detachment or waiting for an officer. The system can be used to report:

  •  Theft Under $5000
  •  Mischief / Damage to Vehicle Under $5000
  •  Mischief / Damage to Property Under $5000
  •  Mischief / Damage to Vehicle Under $5000
  •  Theft from Vehicle
  •  Lost / Missing Property Under $5000
  •  Driving complaints
  •  Stolen Licence plates or validation stickers

Do not use this system if it is an emergency or if you are reporting a crime in progress. If it is an emergency or crime in progress, call 9-1-1. In non-emergency situations people can report incidents to the OPP by calling 1-888-310-1122 to report a crime and have an officer attend.  Please visit www.opp.ca/reporting for further information about the Citizen Self Reporting system or to determine if your occurrence qualifies for online reporting.

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