911 should be used for reporting fire, medical or police emergencies Only!
An emergency is a situation that threatens human life or property and demands Immediate Attention.
When reporting an emergency, try to remain as calm as possible. When calling 9-1-1 or the regular police line, please be certain to listen to the dispatchers instructions and questions. Tell the dispatcher the Location and Nature of the Emergency. For example, at a motor vehicle accident, the dispatcher may ask you to check for injuries. If you can safely check for injuries, do so & tell the dispatcher. This is extremely important as now the dispatcher can dispatch the Rescue Squad as well as Police. You may even save a life by performing this simple task.
By utilizing 911 during a non-emergency situations, you may be preventing someone with an actual emergency from obtaining help!
And just a reminder, making false 911 calls is against the law and anyone caught making the 911 call will be prosecuted (and it would not be the first time someone was prosecuted for a false 911 call!!) Once you dial 911 your address and phone number is instantly displayed and the police are Dispatched.
Every person has the right to feel safe and secure in their own home. If you are a victim of domestic violence, call 911. Officers will respond immediately. If the situation demands, we can help you obtain a temporary restraining order against your attacker... even in the middle of the night. We also want you to call us if you think you may be in a potentially abusive situation, and are afraid for yourself or your children. If you need to speak to someone about your legal options and local support services, we suggest you contact the New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-572-7233). Trained counselors are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer questions and provide guidance. All calls are completely confidential.