Police urge public to only dial 999 in emergency amid 'staffing challenges'
By Will Goddard
21st Mar 2023 | Local News
Police have asked the public to only dial 999 in an emergency due to high demand and "staffing challenges".
The force also urged people to use the non-emergency reporting tool on its website instead of calling 101.
A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: "Due to current demand and staffing challenges within the contact centre, we are asking for the public to only use 999 in an emergency.
"You may experience a delay whilst attempting to contact us on the non-urgent 101 number.
"Please where possible, can all other non-emergency matters be reported through the non-urgent reporting tool available via our website.
"We thank you for your understanding and co-operation."