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When to call 9-1-1

The 9-1-1 emergency number is for in-progress crimes and situations that pose immediate danger to life or property. Calls like this could include:

  • Burglary in progress
  • Something on fire
  • A fight or assault in progress
  • A medical emergency
  • An accident where people are injured

9-1-1 is used to save a life, report a fire, or stop a crime.

When you call 9-1-1 you will be asked a variety of questions to determine the nature of your call and the response that will be required. Please try to remain calm and answer all of the questions you are asked. Answering the questions does not delay the response of the help you need; while the call taker asks you questions, another dispatcher is already telling the officers or fire department about your emergency. The more information we have the better prepared the responders are to help you.

Questions to expect when you call 9-1-1:

  • Where is your emergency? This is the first and most important question – we can’t help you if we don’t know where to send it.
  • What is happening?
  • What is your name and telephone number?
  • A description of any possible suspects and vehicles involved and a direction of travel if they leave the scene. Remember, never put yourself in any danger to get this information.
  • Medical emergencies. Our call takers are trained to ask specific questions in relation to medical calls, and to give pre-arrival instructions to help the patient until an ambulance can get to you.

As long as it is safe to do so, please stay on the line until the call taker tells you that it’s okay to hang up.

If you accidentally dial 9-1-1, please stay on the line and tell the call taker that it was a mistake. If you are calling from a landline phone, the call taker will want to verify the information that is shown on the screen (name, address, and call back number). If you hang up the phone before talking to the call taker, valuable time is taken up calling you back and ensuring there is no emergency.

For non-emergency calls, you can reach the dispatch centers 24 hours a day at the following numbers.

Lewiston Police Department 208-746-0171
Nez Perce County Sheriff 208-799-3131