Is my call to 911 confidential?

911 callers are not required to give their name/address/phone number to the dispatcher. You will never be forced to give your personal information. However, please keep in mind there may be times when officers/dispatchers require additional information from you after the call is disconnected (ex: more specific information to identify a location or update information that will affect an officer’s response). This is the main reason you will be asked to provide your name and call-back number.

If you choose to remain anonymous, it will not change the officer’s/deputy’s response to your call. All calls (911 and non-emergency) to the Communications Center are recorded. These recordings are held for a set period of time in case they are needed in a later investigation.

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1. Does it have to be an emergency to call 911?
2. Why does the dispatcher ask me so many questions?
3. Can I program my home alarm system to dial 911?
4. What if I don't speak English?
5. What if I can only communicate by Teletype Device for the Deaf (TDD) or Computer?
6. Is my call to 911 confidential?
7. How are 911 call prioritized?
8. What if I accidentally misdial 911?
9. Why is it important to tell where the incident occurred instead of where I’m calling from?
10. What should I teach my children about 911?