FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Police Department has received inquiries regarding its emergency numbers and what to do if you are being stopped by someone who is not readily identified as a law enforcement officer.
In a press release, Thursday, the police department reminded citizens that 911 is the standard emergency number in the United States and should not be replaced with any other number.
“This number should be dialed anytime there is a life-threatening emergency or an in-progress crime,” the press release states. “When you dial 911 from a mobile phone, in most cases, your call is routed to the nearest California Highway Patrol dispatch center. If you are within the Fairfield city limits, your call may route to the Fairfield Police, Suisun Police, Solano Sheriff, or (California Highway Patrol’s) dispatch center depending on your location. You should first tell the dispatcher your exact location. . . . The emergency dispatch center will route your call to the local jurisdiction to handle your emergency.”
The Police Department also has a seven-digit emergency number that can be used in place of 911 from a mobile phone while within city limits, 428-7373.
You will have to give the dispatcher your location as this information is not automatically sent. For non-emergencies you can call the business line at 428-7300.
While the countries of the European Union and several other countries throughout the world use 112 as their emergency number, the police department said it should not be use in the United States as it’s not supported by all cellular carriers.
The Fairfield Police Department uses marked and unmarked vehicles to conduct traffic stops and take enforcement action. If you are unsure if the vehicle attempting to stop you is a law enforcement officer, continue to obey all traffic laws and drive toward a lighted, public place. Call 911, or if within Fairfield city limits, the emergency number at 428-7373 for instructions.
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