Canadian city cops are trying to find a way to accept text messages to the 911 emergency dispatch system. 'We have an obligation to keep up with technology,' said Staff Sgt. Blair Edl, head of the communications section for the Edmonton Police Service. Edl figures in emergency situations, such as a school shooting, students might not be able to make a call from a cellphone because of fears of being overheard, but they could text-message police with valuable information. 

Right now, neither the city police's emergency dispatch nor the general complaint line can accept text messages, said Edl. A 911 text could be sent to a general police e-mail address, but that wouldn't get checked on an emergency basis, he added. 'It may be that they only have access to text messaging,' said Edl. 'We need to look at how we're going to deal with that. It's not something where we can just flip a switch.' 

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Do you think all communities should have 911 (or their local emergency number) texting capabilities?
Canadian city cops are trying to find a way to accept text messages to the 911 emergency dispatch system. `We have an obligation to keep up with technology,` said Staff Sgt. Blair Edl, head of the communications section for the Edmonton Police Service. Edl figures in emergency situations, such as a school shooting, students might not be able to make a call from a cellphone because of fears of being overheard, but they could text-message police with valuable information.

Right now, neither the city police`s emergency dispatch nor the general complaint line can accept text messages, said Edl. A 911 text could be sent to a general police e-mail address, but that wouldn`t get checked on an emergency basis, he added. `It may be that they only have access to text messaging,` said Edl. `We need to look at how we`re going to deal with that. It`s not something where we can just flip a switch.`

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14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 7/30/07 - 11:26:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm not sure. I'd rather not have the world further technologicaly advance..
But it could be a good thing with school shooting situations as that article said.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 7/30/07 - 1:35:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
i think its a good idea if you cant talk then you could send a text...but the number of false emergencies would triple
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 7/30/07 - 1:38:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
If I'm in an emergency situation, I doubt I'll want to take the time to type out the problem on the phone and then wait for a response. I can imagine not being able to hit the right key, or hitting it too many times because my hand was shaking in fear.

It's best if we just leave 911 for the phone lines.

14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 7/30/07 - 1:40:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah ... at first I thought it was weird, maybe people would abuse it or it wouldn't catch on. But when they mentioned situations like a school shooting where they can't talk for fear of being heard, maybe that little bit of good would outweigh the cons?
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Saturday 8/11/07 - 3:05:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
defiately, if it was a situation where you were in danger and couldnt talk then texting could definately be useful
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/22/07 - 8:37:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
I would feel more confident just calling them, what if your text didn't go through for some reaosn?
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 8/26/07 - 2:38:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
When i was younger and was first left at home on my own, i used to be scared that if there was a burglar that i would be overheard. If i had the option i would always phone, but it some situations it would be easier to text - and if your phone was on silent even better!



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