Notts caller used 999 emergency number to ask about neighbour owing them money

Please use 999 responsibly.
Please use 999 responsibly.

"My neighbour owes me some money, what can I do?"

This is the latest in a series of irresponsible 999 calls received by Nottinghamshire Police's control room.

The force's busy control room handles thousands of emergency calls each month, with the majority of calls made for genuine emergencies.

But the force regularly reveals the irresponsible and unwarranted calls its team has received in a bid for the public to "please use 999 responsibly".

Superintendent Paul Burrows, from Nottinghamshire Police’s Contact Management department, said: “The vast majority of the public understand that 999 is only for emergency calls but, despite the work we regularly do in the media, online and over-the-phone to explain to people how to use 999 responsibly, we do still receive a high number of misplaced calls to our emergency number.

"While some of the misplaced calls we receive range from honest errors of judgement to the more unusual, there is a serious point to be made here as every misplaced call our emergency call handlers receive has the potential to delay us from responding to genuine emergencies.

“All we’re asking is that people only call 999 in genuine emergencies and remember that there are other ways to contact us for less urgent enquiries, with the Nottinghamshire Police website - www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice - offering advice on hundreds of policing and non-policing issues and the 101 non-emergency number also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”