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>> The Correct Way To Call The Police
>> George Phillips of New York City was going up to bed when his wife
>> told him that he'd left the light on in the garden shed which she
>> could see from the bedroom window. George opened the back door to go
>> turn off the light but saw that there were people in the shed stealing
>> He phoned the police, who asked "Is someone in your house?" and he
>> said no. The dispatcher then switched him into a recorded message
>> saying that that all patrol officers were busy, and that he should
>> simply leave a message for them, then lock his door and an officer
>> would be along to take a report when available.
>> George said, "Okay," hung up, counted to 30, and phoned the police
>> "Hello I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people
>> in my shed. Well, you don't have to worry about them now cause I've
>> just shot them all dead". Then he muttered "that will teach them to
>> come on my property ... " as he hung up the telephone.
>> Within five minutes five police cars, an Armed Response unit, a SWAT
>> team and two ambulances showed up at the Phillips residence. Of
>> course, the police caught the burglars red handed.
>> One of the Policemen said to George: "I thought you said that you'd
>> shot them!"
>> George said, "I thought your recorded message said there was nobody
>> available to help me right now!"
> Brilliant. Every 911 call should be treated the same way.
> And to think, our current police chief here in Providence is formerly
> of the NYPD. Lovely.
> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: And to think _our_ police chief here in
> Independence grew up in the house directly across the street from me
> where his parents lived for fifty years until his father died the same
> year as mine (1991) and his mother was enrolled in the old people's
> home (last year) where my mother is, after his mother suffered a
> stroke and a broken hip.) Lee has been chief for a dozen years and was
> a city employee for twenty years before that. He has the house up for
> sale now, but earlier today I saw him out in the back yard mowing the
> grass like he does most Sundays in the spring/summer.
> I think this has been a busy weekend for the officers: overheard on
> the scanner radio yesterday afternoon, the dispatcher sent officers to
> Garden Walk Apartments on North 10th Street, our public assistance
> housing project. Later one of the officers was heard saying on the
> radio, "second time I have been there today. I told 'him' if I have to
> come back any more, someone is going to get locked up." Their problems,
> it seems, at the 'projects' always involve Demon Rum and/or Crystal Meth,
> or both. PAT]
Crystal Meth has been a huge problem in middle America for many years
now. I recall speaking to law enforcement folks at a SEARCH conference
in D.C. about 4 years ago and even then it was a major issue.
[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Yeah, for once something started out
rural then moved to the big cities rather than the other way around as
it usually goes. PAT