Mid-city's Bernie Oliver an active and engaged community member was recognized by the Wilshire Police Division as an Outstanding Community Member. Congratulations Bernie!
IS IT REALLY AN EMERGENCY?
In 2012, the LAPD’s twin Dispatch Centers processed a total of 4 million calls for service. Of this number, 2.3 million of incoming calls were received on 9-1-1 lines. In interpreting the call data, the Department determined a full 70 percent of 9-1-1 calls – or 1.6 million calls for service – were actually non-emergency in nature.
The LAPD classifies as emergencies those calls relating to life-threatening circumstances: injury traffic accidents, serious medical calls, felony crimes in progress, and any other incidents that pose a credible threat to public safety. Medical calls that don’t involve the commission of a crime are immediately transferred by 9-1-1 operators to the Los Angeles City Fire Department for handling.
The PSA instructs the public to direct non-emergency calls – for things such as loud parties, petty crimes, abandoned vehicles, non-violent neighbor disputes, property crimes, and other occurrences where lives are not in danger – to the Department’s toll-free non-emergency number, 877-ASK-LAPD (877-275-5273).