Do NOT call 9-1-1 to:
- report an incident after the fact
- for noise, animal, traffic or parking complaints
- report a hydro outage
- check weather or highway conditions
- obtain government information
- for directory assistance (looking for a phone number)
- for information about school closings, road conditions, or to ask for driving directions
- to report erratic or aggressive drivers call the non-emergency number 519 258-6111 or visit our Windsor Police Road Watch page
The Call taker will answer your call and say "Police, Fire, Ambulance?"
When you reply with one of the above you will be instantly transferred to the agency
When you call 9-1-1 to report an EMERGENCY, the Communicator may ask you
these basic questions:
- "Where is this happening?"
- "What is happening now? why?"
- "Did you see any weapons or was there any mention of weapons?"
- "Has anyone been drinking or taking drugs?"
- "Suspect description and direction of travel?"
- "What is the licence plate of the vehicle(s) involved?
Using 911 Tips:
- Make sure you are in a safe location
- Inform children that 9-1-1 is for emergencies only, and teach them how to call 9-1-1
- Answer all questions - help is already on the way. Some questions may seem irrelevant during the urgency of the situation, however, all questions are vital to responding officer
- Try to remain calm, and follow any instructions provided to you
- Do not hang up until instructed
- Telephone landlines provide the 911 Centre with an enhanced 911 screen. This provides the call-taker with your name, address and telephone number. Cellphones and VOIP Internet providers do not provide this feature; therefore, it is very important to provide your location or address when calling 9-1-1
Certain types of calls where there is no suspect information, can be reported online or are referred to the Telephone Reporting Centre. A report is completed over the phone, which informs Officers where the criminal activity or mischief is taking place.
A Police Officer is not dispatched and a case number will be given to provide to your insurance company.
Other Important Information
TEXT with 9-1-1
Text with 9-1-1 is available for people who are part of the deaf, deafened, hard of hearing, or speech impaired (DHHSI) community in Canada. They are able to register their cell phones with their wireless service providers.
For more information on texting with 9-1-1 for the DHHSI community please visit Text With 911.
Voice calling will remain the only way to communicate with 9-1-1 services for a person that is not deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or with speech impairment.
- Any traditional phone in your home that operates out of a regular phone jack
- The Communicator will still need to confirm your address
- If you have a cordless phone or cell phone please make sure you remember to keep it charged at all times, or have another phone that you can use in case of an emergency (one that does not operate from a power outlet in case of a power outage)
- In Windsor & Essex County, all major wireless service providers supply 911 Communicators with your phone number, GPS co-ordinates, and nearest cell tower location.
- Although we receive your GPS co-ordinates, you should always provide your location or address to the Communicator
- Do NOT give old cell phones to children to use as toys, they can still call 9-1-1
VoIP Internet-based phones:
- VoIP stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol, and allows you to make telephone calls using a high-speed internet connection
- The calls are transferred first to a Public Safety Answering Point (not in Windsor) and then transferred back to the Windsor Police Service
- Your location information is not automatically transmitted to your local agencies
- If you move, make sure you update your address with your provider, or emergency personnel could be sent to the wrong address
- Make sure family and friends know how to call 9-1-1 from your residence
- Stay on the line and do not disconnect
- VoIP may not work during a power outage, or when the Internet connection fails or becomes overloaded
Calling 911 in Error:
If you accidentally call, please stay on the line to speak with a Communicator.
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