911 Follies in Port: Parking Spots and Pizza Guys

Thirteen calls were made to the emergency number last week in Port Washington. Thirteen were not emergencies.

Port Washington residents made 13 calls to 911 between Feb. 10-16, according to a report summary provided by the Port Washington Police Department.

According to 911.gov, the number should be called in “any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police.” None of the 13 appeared to qualify:

  • An officer responded to Nautica Drive after a call on Feb. 10; all was in order and the resident’s mother thought the responding officer was a pizza delivery guy.
  • One man called 911 on Feb. 12 because someone was parked in his assigned spot behind a building on North Franklin Street.
  • A custodian at Thomas Jefferson Middle School dialed the number from the elevator lift, bumping the phone while using the lift to move items.
  • One man’s wife dialed the number erroneously while trying to call her insurance company.
  • A 4-year-old accidentally dialed the number from a residence on North Wisconsin Street.
  • A child, age not provided, dialed 911 from a residence on Parknoll Lane
  • Two “pocket dials” were reported.
  • A call from the 500 block of North Wisconsin Street was a mystery, as the phone from which it came didn’t even have a battery in it. Another call, from the 1100 block of West Portview Drive, originated from a broken phone.

The other calls were just plain old accidents.

Vic February 20, 2013 at 05:11 AM
On a related note... I called the PWPD non-emergency number last week and it just rang and rang. Called again later and county dispatch picked up.
Chad Kizewski February 20, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Monica Rowley February 21, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Along with Vic's comment...... When you call the non-emergency number (assuming you know the number because I'm not sure it's published anymore) you have all these prompts to go thru. I vow every time I call (maybe every other year) to call back when I'm not trying to reach "someone quick" just so that I can memorize what number to push so that it goes quicker next time. Please don't think we aren't getting the message of the article. People are dialing by accident. I get it. But when you really need to get ahold of someone and don't want to use the emergency number, it's very difficult!


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