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Tigard woman makes county's 'You called 911 for that?' campaign

Washington County emergency dispatchers’ “You called 911 for that?” campaign has singled out a woman at a Tigard park, upset about a man who was fishing improperly.

The call was released on Tuesday as part of the dispatchers’ monthly campaign about the proper use of 911.

The Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency began the campaign to highlight inappropriate uses of 911 and educate the public about the proper way to use the service.

The woman called police on May 24 from Summerlake Park in Tigard, where she saw a man fishing in the lake.

“You are not supposed to fish here at all,” she told dispatchers. “We didn’t know what number to call.”

Dispatchers said illegal fishing is not an emergency and she should not dial 911 to report it.

“911 is not 411 and should not be used as such,” dispatchers said in a statement. “Calling 911 for information or non-emergencies can delay citizens getting through to us that are trying to report actual emergencies.”

Dialing 911 should be reserved for police-, fire-, or medical-related emergencies, agency leaders said. The number should not be used to report annoyances.

Incidents like this should be reported to Washington County’s non-emergency line, 503-629-0111 or Oregon State Police at 503-375-3555.

Oregon State Police has game wardens who handle these types of calls, dispatchers said.

This isn’t the first time that Summerlake Park has appeared on the dispatchers’ campaign.

In March, a man dialed 911 to report that someone was feeding ducks.




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