Glendale trying to end frivolous 911 calls

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By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The city of Glendale wants to put a stop to frivolous 911 calls.

The city’s police and fire departments are teaching the public about calling only when they must report an actual emergency.

Almost every day, people tie up Glendale’s 911 dispatchers with silly problems, preventing them from responding to possible life-threatening issues. One man called 911 because someone "stole (his) weed."

"Somebody stole your weed?" the dispatcher asked.

"Yeah, I had a dub, and next thing you know it’s gone," the caller responded.

The dispatcher informed him that possessing marijuana is illegal in Glendale, and officers could arrest him if they responded to his call. The caller changed his mind about requesting assistance.

Glendale has services in place to notify the public about possible emergencies. People can register their cellphones to receive notifications about missing children, shootings and other emergencies.

Another service, called Reverse 911, will call landlines to notify residents about situations in the city.