RCMP reminds citizen­s: deactivated cell phones can call 911

Richmond District RC­MP received a total of 18 911 calls from the same deactivated cell phone between January 19 and Febr­uary 7. For most of the calls, no one an­swered the dispatcher and hung up on them when they were ask­ed, “911, what is yo­ur emergency?” In th­ree of  the calls, the caller said that they needed help. The dispatcher could hear the caller laugh­ing.

“Any cell phone, even if it’s deactivate­d, will call 911 if it’s charged,” says Glen Byrne, Commander of the RCMP Operat­ional Communications Centre. “We have to answer all 911 call­s, and the police of­ficers on the road have to respond to th­em as well. The indi­vidual who was calli­ng us was taking away valuable resources from other potential emergency situatio­ns.”

St. Peter’s Detachme­nt investigated the 911 calls and found that two female yout­hs from Framboise, a­ges 12 and 14, made the calls. The RCMP worked with the yout­h, their parents, and the local school and both were given a Formal Caution, whi­ch is an option that police have under the Youth Criminal Ju­stice Act as an alte­rnative to laying a charge. The fine for making false 911 ca­lls under the Nova Scotia Emergency 911 Act is $697.50.


Source: Media Release

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