Con­tact­ing po­lice

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Po­lice Scot­land are this week re­mind­ing peo­ple of the ap­pro­pri­ate way to use 101 and 999 num­bers.

Telling peo­ple to call 999 in an emer­gency and 101 for non- ur­gent mat­ters, po­lice chiefs say peo­ple have in­creas­ingly been call­ing 999 for triv­ial mat­ters.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Roddy New­big­ging, di­vi­sional com­man­der of Po­lice Scot­land’s con­tact com­mand and con­trol di­vi­sion, said: “Most peo­ple con­tact the po­lice ap­pro­pri­ately but there are a small per­cent­age who do not – this abuse of 101 and 999 could cost lives.

“Our cam­paign is a timely re­minder to peo­ple to use 101 and 999 prop­erly. Call han­dlers deal with a call ev­ery 10 sec­onds. They are highly trained, skilled and knowl­edge­able and are there to help.”

The 101 num­ber is avail­able 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can be used from any­where in Scot­land to con­tact Po­lice Scot­land or any other force in the UK.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic can also use the Po­lice Scot­land web­site to re­port do­mes­tic abuse, hate crime, child abuse, wildlife crime and lost prop­erty.

Al­ter­na­tively, they can ap­proach a po­lice of­fi­cer or at­tend at a po­lice sta­tion front counter.

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