Police urge public to think about 999

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police are reminding people when they should call 999 and in what situations they should ring the 101 non-emergency number.

The move comes two months after the force introduced the new 101 number.

On average, Derbyshire police receives 385 emergency calls a day but around one third of the calls made to 999 are not genuine emergencies.

Supt Kul Mahay is head of the force’s Contact Management department.

He said: “I would urge people to take a moment to think which number is the most suitable one to ring before calling the police.

“It should be clear as to what constitutes a real emergency situation.

“By ringing 999 when your call isn’t an emergency, you tie up call handlers whose time could be better spent dealing with situations where a life is in danger or a crime is in progress.”