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Viewer email: What about "912" for non-emergencies?

The following was sent to us in an email from Matt in Arlington, TN:

What is the feasibility of creating a non-emergency number such as "912"?  

The number "911" was only designated as a countrywide emergency number in 1972.  "The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recommends that 911 be implemented nationwide."(http://www.911dispatch.com/911/history/)  

Multiple emergency numbers are not new.  As an example, in Germany the emergency numbers for Fire and Medical - 112, Police - 110 (http://travel-island.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=142&sid=4840746c39b5ee72c1afb5977a224fcf).

I'm sure many people call 911 for non-emergencies due to laziness, lack of a phone book nearby, or constantly changing City/County boundaries - "Now do I need the non-emergency number for MPD, Millington , Bartlett , Germantown , or the SCSO?"

It is just so easy to call 911 to report a suspicious person, for a welfare check, or to report a theft.

For the general public to start using a non-emergency number, it must be as easy to remember as 911.


Matt
Arlington , TN

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