Increase in emergency calls strains local police resources

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People made three times as many calls to 911 dispatchers at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department last year than they did 10 years ago.

Many of the 16,705 callers in 2013 didn’t have what police call a true emergency — a matter of life and death — but an officer responded to nearly every call, putting a sometimes unnecessary strain on resources, Sheriff Michael Carothers said.

Ten years ago, the department recorded 5,896 calls to 911.

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