Calls to 911 Increased in 2011
COLUMBIA - 911 calls in Columbia and Boone County have increased for the fourth consecutive year, according to data collected by Public Safety Joint Communications (PSJC). More than 73,000 emergency calls were made in 2011, an increase of 3.9 percent over the year.
PSJC Director Zim Shwartze says the number of emergency calls made is only a fraction of the non-emergency calls fielded by operators.
"When you factor in calls to the non-emergency lines and administrative calls, our staff handled nearly 325,000 total phone interactions in 2011," said Shwartze in a news release. "With that many calls coming in, we continue to stress to our residents to remember that 911 is to be used only for life-threatening emergencies and crimes in progress."
PSJC also noted that there was an increase in 911 calls from wireless phones in 2011.
For situations which are not life-threatening but require attention, call (573) 442-6131.