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Police in different parts of U.S. report a 911 emergency calling outage

There have reportedly been issues in multiple states, though some departments say the problem is no longer occurring

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Santa Fe, New Mexico police vehicle in 2017
Santa Fe, New Mexico police vehicle in 2017
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Updated: September 28, 2020 - 9:28pm

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Police in different parts of the nation on Monday had issues with 911 emergency calls, Fox News reported, noting that problems occurred in multiple states, though many authorities have also reported that the outage has ended.

"Delaware State Police Dispatch Centers are currently experiencing a state wide interruption in service. Anyone attempting to call 911 either by cellphone or landline will experience a busy signal," a statement said. "At this time the issue is being addressed and it is unknown how long the 911 phone service will be unavailable. If you need to report an emergency, you are encouraged to text 911 and type your emergency in the message field."

"Delaware State Police Dispatch Centers are now operational and 911 calls are being received," another message declared. "If you call 911 and receive a busy signal or recorded message, callers are encouraged to text 911 and type your emergency in the message field or utilize the non-emergency telephone numbers."

A tweet from the Minneapolis Police indicated that there was an issue.

"ATTENTION: The 911 lines are not operational nationwide. This is for phone calls and text messaging. If you need police, fire or emergency medical assistance in Minneapolis, please call 612-348-2345. We will advise when this issue is fixed," the tweet stated. 

In Arizona the Tuscon Police Department reported a problem but later tweeted that "911 services are fully operational again."

In Nevada the Washoe County Sheriff's Office tweeted about an issue but later tweeted that "911 systems are restored."

 

 

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