When can I call the police?

Since 911 is for emergencies only, it helps to understand when to call and when NOT to call. An emergency is any serious situation where a law enforcement officer, fire fighter, or emergency medical help is needed right away.  If you are ever unsure of whether your situation is an emergency, go ahead and call 9-1-1. The 9-1-1 call taker can determine if you need emergency assistance and can route you to the correct location. 

Examples of when to call 911:

  • Medical Emergencies
  • Heart Attack or Stroke
  • House Fire
  • Domestic Violence
  • Burglary or Theft in Progress
  • Car Accident with Life Threatening Emergencies
  • Suspicious Activities
  • Anything Else That Seems Like an Emergency

Do NOT Call 911:

  • For Information
  • When the Power is Out
  • To Report a Broken Fire Hydrant
  • When your Water Pipes Burst
  • To Get a Ride for Doctor's Appointment
  • For Paying Tickets
  • For your Pet

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