INDIANAPOLIS — “Text to 911” is now available in Marion County. After nearly a year of system upgrades and testing, the Marion County Sheriff’s 911 Center is one of the very first 911 Centers of its size to implement “text to 911”. The service is available to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless users.
Marion County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Colonel Bart McAtee, Commander of the Communications Division, has a few tips for using “text to 911”:
• “Call if you can, text if you must”; citizens should use the texting option for 911 only when calling is not an option.
• The first text message should always include clear location information and the nature of the emergency.
• Text abbreviations and slang should never be used.
• Citizens should only text 911 for emergency situations that require an immediate response for police, fire or medical assistance.
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