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Police urge public not to call European emergency number

MEDIA RELEASE

Hawaiʻi Island police are urging Big Island residents to disregard stories posted on social media sites, such as Facebook, touting a 112 number as a means to contact police for information or help.

That number, 112, is the number dialed in European countries for emergency services and may or may not reach your local Police/Fire/Medical services on the island in time of need.

It is advised that 911 is the only number that should be dialed for emergency assistance. Any other non-emergency police assistance should be directed to the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Anyone with questions about this may call Acting Lieutenant Travis Ing in the Police Department’s Dispatch Center at 961-8808.

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