Use 9-1-1 for emergencies!

An emergency is when you absolutely need the police, fire department or ambulance immediately. Emergencies include crimes that are in progress or about to happen, and ones that have resulted in serious personal injury, property damage, or property loss. They also include situations in which the suspect may still be at the scene and some suspicious activities. By calling 9-1-1 you will be linked to the appropriate police as well as fire fighting, medical, and ambulance services. You don't need money to call 9-1-1 from a pay phone.

When you dial 9-1-1 from a cellular phone in Lawrence County your call is automatically directed to the Emergency call center where it is then redirected to the appropriate agency.

Please remember, If you use 9-1-1 for something that is not an emergency you could tie up the line for someone who has a real emergency. 9-1-1 is NOT the number for general information.Please use (724)652-5203 to contact the police department if you do not have an emergency.



Some examples of situations that are appropriate for 9-1-1

Report Persons who are:


Some example situations that may not be emergencies are:


Persons who are:


The ability of the police to locate and arrest criminals often depends on the thoroughness and accuracy of the report you submit. The following information checklist should be used for reporting both emergency and non-emergency crimes:



Crimes and suspicious activities that fall into these categories are: (a) those that don't involve serious personal injury, property damage, or property loss; (b) ones in which there is no possibility that the suspect is still at the scene or is likely to return to the scene; and (c) ones for which an immediate response is not needed.


If there is any doubt as to whether the situation is an emergency, it is always better to be on the safe side and call 9-1-1.