orclover: Cops all need to go away or we will never progress as a society.
DarkSoulNoHope: May I ask why he hasn't been arrested, especially after 77 times?!
AndreMA: More seriously, part of the problem is that 911 is a standard number, but who the fark knows that the non-emergency number is, even in their own town? You used to be able to call the operator or 411 information to get that information for free in non-emergency-yet-urgent situations, but no more.The 911 system here is a regional dispatch center that lands you in a phone tree to select town and police/fire/ambulance. Common sense would dictate that one option encompass non-emergency calls, but that would need to be implemented everywhere or it would cause additional non-emergency calls clogging systems not equipped to handle them.Doesn't NYC have a 311 or similar number for reporting potholes and similar non-emergency things of interest to the local government? Something like that on a national basis for reporting petty theft like "McDonalds gave me the wrong change" would be useful. "Stay right there. We'll be out in 3 weeks to yake your report"
aevorea: Several areas use 311 in that way, but it hasn't been universally adapted. Also, LA has 1-877-ASK-LAPD.
xtrc8u: Every community should have a web site like this:http://whentocall911.com/call911.htm
AndreMA: xtrc8u: Every community should have a web site like this:http://whentocall911.com/call911.htmThat looks good, but seems geared toward medical emergencies.Hypothetical: I have a court date and some idiot is illegally parked, blocking my driveway. If I don't appear, a warrant will be issued; I need that car moved immediately! (Assume I'm poor and can't afford a taxi, and no public transit is available). I'd call 911 in that case if only to create a record of the reason for my non-appearance (I'd also obviously also call the courthouse).Parking violations in general are not life-threatening emergencies and are an inappropriate use of 911. What if there's a large fire, growing in magnitude, and a car is illegally parked in front of a hydrant that I think is likely to be needed shortly? What about a police officer blocking a handicapped spot when not on an emergency call (example: visibly just buying something at a convenience store)?
BarkingUnicorn: All 911 calls should be forwarded to the caller's mom for pre-screening.
BarkingUnicorn: Or give the dispatchers a button that charges $50 to a caller's phone bill.
GrizzlyPouch: Or you could google it.If you don't have google you do have a phone book
WordyGrrl: Calling the regular police department line to make a report will cover those situations.
JustGetItRight: orclover: Cops all need to go away or we will never progress as a society.Yes, because anarchy has proven to be so successful.
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