According to Essex Police, they receive about a thousand calls in a single day, but just 25% of them are actual emergencies. They have now put out a public warning to people through newspapers, as well as on social media – to only call in case of real emergencies in order to prevent lines from getting filled up with unnecessary queries. For instance, people often call them to enquire about the time or why their water supply is not getting fixed. This happened especially during the Bank Holiday weekend in United Kingdom due to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations.
Calling us to ask what the time is is simply not what 999 is for.
So as we enter the second day of the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, we would like to remind people across Essex of the most appropriate ways to get in contact with us.
Chief superintendent Stuart Hooper said, “Despite a high volume of calls, we have been able to respond to emergency calls quickly. My message remains clear – if you need to contact us about something that is not an emergency, please do not dial 999. If you do so, you are tying up call handlers who need to help people who find themselves in a real emergency and need and urgent response.”
“Calling 999 must be a last resort and you should only use this service if you are reporting an emergency that requires an immediate and urgent police response,” he added.
This is not the only incident of the police getting unwanted calls. In the recent past, a similar incident happened in a village in Hyderabad, Telangana. A 22-year-old man called emergency services at 100 and asked them to bring him two bottles of chilled beer as the wine shops had closed down.
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