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why does dialing 811 give you the police???

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posted on Apr, 6 2005 @ 08:00 PM
dialing 911 gives you the police...

but, dialing 811 gives you the police too...

did you know this???

and, why does this happin???

isn't one number good enough???

BTW i live in NY...

posted on Apr, 6 2005 @ 08:03 PM
If you dial 411 or 0 you can get the police too. Just have to ask the operator. Not trying to be a wise guy but it's true.
And in NYC I think their 211 or 311 will connect you if you ask.

posted on Apr, 6 2005 @ 08:50 PM
hmmm ....maybe different no. serves different purposes....... or maybe 811 is for backup when the other no. is down?


posted on Apr, 6 2005 @ 09:19 PM
In the UK, 112 gets you the emergency services too. (Note to self, stop playing with phone)

I have a theory that this is a left over from the old rotary dial where 999 took longer and all MP's and aristocrats wre given the 'real' emergency number.


posted on Apr, 6 2005 @ 09:36 PM
Maybe because the people dialing could be pannicking and hit 8 by mistake. So this way they get the police without having to spend time dialing again. Its all about time.

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