First Responders Warn About Too Many Non-Emergency Calls

Published 06/13 2014 06:30PM

Updated 06/13 2014 06:33PM

First responders are warning Tri-Staters about the problems non-emergency calls make on emergency systems.

Warrick County Sheriff's Deputies say too many non-emergency calls can have an effect on their system. They add the time it takes to handle these calls takes away from responding quicker to real emergencies.

"Dispatchers aren't only answering the 911 calls," says Chief Deputy Michael Wilder of the Warrick Co. Sheriff's Office. "They are dispatching fire, EMS, and police, and we have several police agencies in this county that we are dispatching for. It becomes really troublesome there if they're receiving non-emergency calls."

Officials say if you need to talk to police in non-emergencies, one option is to call a department's administrative office.

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