As the Island mobile phone system is starting to become live the network is allowing some mobile phones to register and display ‘Emergency Calls Only’ – if the owner of the phone dials 999 they will then be connected to Police Control.
A number of users have been dialling 999 to test the network and then disconnecting when the operator answers. This is wasting Police time and engaging the 999 system when someone may need it at the same time for a real emergency.
The public is advised that mobile phone numbers can be traced just the same as landline telephones.
Only dial 999 from a mobile phone or landline if it is an emergency and you require assistance. It is a criminal offence to dial 999 when it is not an emergency.
Trevor Botting, Chief of Police
4 September 2015