Spearfish Police Department sees rise in accidental 911 calls

In 2020, Spearfish received 450 accidental calls while so far in 2021, Spearfish Police have been misdialed over 300 times.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Spearfish Police Department says they’re seeing a rise in accidental 911 calls – the majority being linked to a specific iPhone feature.

It’s an emergency call slider that appears alongside the power-off slider on some apple products.

In 2020, Spearfish received 450 accidental calls while so far in 2021, Spearfish Police have been misdialed over 300 times.

Spearfish Police Chief Curtis Jacobs says that the issue can take away police resources from someone who needs them.

“The thing is, you never know when that accidental call is gunna to come in,” Jacobs said. “We could be in the middle of an emergency and the dispatcher has to break away from that to answer the 9-1-1 call to check on that, so that’s where we’re just hoping that people will do their best to make sure their phones aren’t making an accidental 911 call.”

Chief Jacobs says that the public can cut down on the calls by changing it or turning it off completely in your settings.

Categories: Local News, South Dakota News