Understanding When to Call 911 or a Non-Emergency Number
While most people know they should call 911 during an emergency, many 911 calls are made for non-emergency situations, according to the National 911 Program.
Understanding when to call 911 or the Kent County Sherriff’s Office’s non-emergency number can help prevent overloading the 911 system. Call 911 for emergencies only, such as a life-threatening situation or instance that requires immediate assistance from the police, fire department or an ambulance. This includes:
- A fire
- A crime, especially if in progress
- A car crash, especially if someone is injured
- A medical emergency, especially for symptoms that require immediate medical attention
To view a directory of other non-emergency phone numbers from the Sheriff’s Office, click here.