Calls for Service

Calls for Service

Calls for Service

In line with John D. Cohen

about Calls for Service in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

The number 9-1-1 has been designated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as the three-digit “Universal Emergency (telephone) Number” for public use throughout the United States of America to request emergency assistance. This nationwide telephone number is intended to give the public direct access to a public safety call center, commonly referred to in the emergency communications industry as a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). A PSAP, typically managed by a local or county government, is staffed by call-takers (people who answer the call) and dispatchers (people who assign the call to the appropriate personnel-police, fire, and/or emergency medical services). The 9-1-1 systems are commonly funded through a user fee that is assessed to subscribers of commercial, residential, and cellular telephone service as a portion of their monthly telephone bill.

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