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What You Need to Know About Calling 911
by Sheriff Ted Mink
We all know that 911 is the number to call in the United States to get help in a police, fire or medical emergency. A 911 call goes to the emergency dispatch center closest to the caller, and trained personnel send the emergency responders to the caller's location.
In Jefferson County, a team of dispatchers answers 163,000 service calls a year and dispatches five law enforcement agencies and 11 fire departments. Our dispatchers are trained in emergency medical dispatching, meaning they can talk a caller through basic medical treatment until help arrives.
Calling 911 from a land line
When you call 911 from a traditional phone or "land line," a dispatcher sees a screen that provides the phone number you're calling from, the name associated with the phone line, and the street address of the phone. Dispatchers will ask you to verify the information so they can be sure to send help to the right location. If you call 911 from a multi-line phone system (often found in office buildings), it may be difficult for dispatchers to determine your exact location. You can help by telling them the address, floor and room. For more on multi-line systems, click here.
Calling 911 from a mobile phone
When you call 911 from a wireless phone, the call-taker will still know some information about your phone and location, but not as much. He or she will know your phone company and phone number. The call-taker may know the general area you're calling from, but the area could be several square miles. You'll have to provide specific information to help them send help to the right place. If you're in a building, try to provide the street address. If you're on a roadway, try to provide the cross streets, mile marker information or a well-known landmark.
Don't give children old cell phones to play with without removing the batteries first. Disabled phones are programmed to still dial 911. Our dispatchers have received as many as 40 calls in one day from children playing with an old cell phone. For more on calling 911, visit www.nena.org.
e911: Why we're calling you in an emergency
In Jefferson County, the e911 Target Notification system (sometimes called "reverse 911") is a tool we use to call citizens to warn them of danger. With it, we can simultaneously dial phone numbers within a preset area to warn residents of flood, fire, tornadoes, chemical spills, or dangerous fugitives nearby.
Within moments, calls reach the affected community to deliver warnings and critical safety instructions. The system uses the county's 911 database as its source for telephone numbers and can process up to 2,000 telephone numbers per minute. The system also works with all phones that have a TDD line (used to communicate to the hearing impaired).
If you receive an e911 call, the voice on the line will let you know it's a message from the Sheriff's Office. Also, your caller ID will likely display our agency's name and a call-back number. Both published and non-published "land line" numbers are dialed, and the system will leave a message if an answering machine picks up. If it reaches a busy signal, the system will try to call back three times. If you have a telephone zapper used to block out telemarketers or your phone is blocked to unknown callers, you will not receive e911 calls.
For the system to call your cell phone or VoIP phone, you must first register your number with the 911 Authority Board.
Register your cell or VOIP for e911 alerts
As of March 5, 2009, Jefferson and Broomfield County residents and businesses can register their mobile phone numbers or VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone numbers to receive e911 notifications. Subscribers' wireless and VoIP information will be kept in a separate database from landline numbers, so that if subscribers are already in the 911 landline database their information will not be changed. To register visit our Web site.
Share the Road
We want to remind motorists and cyclists to share the road, stay alert, and do your part to keep our roadways safe for all users.
Both motorists and cyclists are responsible for obeying traffic laws. Colorado Senate Bill 09-148, a new law regarding bicycles and motorists, goes into effect August 5. To read more about this new law and other cyclist-motorist safety issues, visit our Web site here.
Posted 5/24/09 A man that goes by T.L. has been calling our office and brokers demanding to see high-end listings. He becomes angry and combative when told the property cannot be shown immediately. He makes general threats and has been using the name of our President, Heather Parness and expressing anger toward her. Today his tone became very agitated and I called the Greenwood Village police department. The case number is CR#09-5855. The police have asked that our CEO Scott Webber call one of the numbers from where T.L. has called and leave him a message to stop contacting our company and we are to then log any calls made after that time. According to the police, he is bordering on crossing the line to committing a criminal act, but we need to make a clear statement to him not to call anymore. He has contacted over one dozen brokers and a handful of staff that I am aware of.
Kentwood CC has told me they received calls from T.L. today and I gave them the GWV police number and the case number and asked them to call and report the contact.
It is my concern that newer brokers, coupled with a weak market might lead to an unfortunate confrontation with this man.
Once again, he goes by T.L. and calls from various numbers including 1-717-314-3258. Any person who receives a call from him should be specific and say they do not want to do business with him, log exactly what he says and then call Greenwood Village police at 303-773-2525 to report another incident regarding case number 09-5855.
Please let me know what other information you would like for me to provide.
Director of Marketing
Fuller Sotheby's International Realty
This information was sent to me by one of our Realty Watch members and warrants passing on. Many scams such as this are used by the bad guys to obtain information before committing a crime. Please be aware and report suspicious activity immediately.
"I had one of my Seller's in Park County have a man and a women in an old Panel Truck/Van back part way down their drive, get out walk around the house go on the back deck. When the Seller went to see what they needed they claimed they were sent by the Bank to mow the lawn and were surprised to see the property was occupied. The woman had several papers in her hand with several addresses on them. She said some Bank, the thought American Bank sent them to mow the lawn. The Seller's Bank is Wells Fargo! My Seller had further conversation with questions and the man at the Van kept telling him to call his bank. He is not in Foreclosure just yet and is not recorded with the Public Trustee for a Forclosure as of this date. I thought you all might know something about people doing this or maybe you could put out the word to the other departments to be aware. This property is located in Bailey and certainly does not have a lawn to cut and especially at this time of year!! Let me know if you have further questions. Thank you."
Jim Brendle, DeputyCrime Prevention
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
200 Jefferson County Parkway
Golden, Colorado 80401