Barrie cops kept busy chasing 911s

A series of non-emergencies kept Barrie police officers on the go during a 24-hour stretch. And so, police would like to remind the public that 911 is for emergencies only.
The Merriam-Webster online dictionary, describes an emergency as “an unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action … an urgent need for assistance or relief.” Clearly, police do not believe that many of the 911 calls they receive meet this criteria.
Between 5 a.m. Wednesday and 5 a.m. Thursday, police responded to 50 accidental 911 or unwarranted calls. Police would like to remind the public that each and every 911 call has to be followed up by a visit from an officer, taking up valuable time that could be in use elsewhere.

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