Police remind residents on proper way to report crimes 10-16-03

PHONE: 966-5835
OCTOBER 16, 2003


Puna police are reminding residents they should call the police non-emergency number and not the district police stations to report non-emergency situations.

Community police officers said that at community and Neighborhood Watch meetings, residents have expressed concerns that sometimes no one answers the phone after normal business hours at district police stations, particularly in the rural police districts. Normal business hours are from 7:45 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Because of these concerns, residents said they have delayed reporting crimes.

Community police officers explain that when the phones aren’t answered, it’s because the district patrol officers are all out patrolling on the road.

And they urge residents to report all crimes in a timely manner, saying the proper procedure to report non-emergency situations — such as burglaries, thefts, property damage and the like — is to call the police non-emergency number at 935-3311.

That way, a police dispatcher can take down all the pertinent information needed, radio a police officer and dispatch him to the scene as soon as possible, Almeida said.

To report emergency and life-threatening situations, such as a robbery in progress or a major accident, residents should call the emergency number at 911, he said.

# # #

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.
  • Keep your community safe through Crime Stoppers

    Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

    The Crime Stoppers TV Program is available on-demand from Nā Leo TV.