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Durham residents call 911 …some 611 times a day

Durham residents seem to have a close relationship with police services, interacting hundreds of time a day on 9-1-1 calls alone.

Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) recently released the number of 9-1-1 calls received in 2020 – and it was  a whopping 223,244 calls.

“The numbers are in! In 2020 Durham Region 9-1-1 received 223,244 calls,” said a police tweet.

The number translates, on average, to 611 calls a day – and this is not counting the non-911 calls the DRPS receives on a daily basis.

Police and civic authorities have regularly been advising residents to call 9-1-1 for emergencies only.

“Please remember if you “pocket dial” 9-1-1 by accident please stay on the line until you have confirmed that it was an accidental call and not an emergency,” said the DRPS.

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