Cam­paign launched against fake emer­gency calls

Imperial Valley Press - - NEWS -

So far this year, the state’s 911 emer­gency call sys­tem has re­ceived 10 fake calls, an of­fi­cial said.

How­ever, those re­port­ing fake emer­gen­cies might be con­sid­ered ter­ror­ists and pay the price of their jokes.

Sec­re­tary of Pub­lic Safety Daniel De La Rosa said ac­cord­ing to Baja Cal­i­for­nia’s Pe­nal Code those sus­pects might be in­dicted for ter­ror­ism and stay from one to three years in prison and pay a $648 fine.

The agency re­cently launched an aware­ness cam­paign to raise con­cerns re­gard­ing the calls that cause law en­force­ment to re­spond to fake calls, a time that might be spend in a bet­ter way at­tend­ing real emer­gen­cies.

De La Rosa said those calls are recorded and sent to a lab­o­ra­tory for forensic in­ves­ti­ga­tions and the re­sults pro­vided to the At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s of­fice to press charges against di­alers.

Last year, the agency re­ceived 39 fake emer­gency calls, he said.

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