Police Set Up New Non-Emergency Phone Number
Dialing 2222 is Designed to be an Easy-to-Remember Counterpart to 911
Nov. 3, 2009
“Had this been an actual emergency…” So goes the familiar broadcast announcement.
But what if it’s not an emergency and assistance is still needed? On campus, at least, University Police have the answer.
They recently announced a non-emergency telephone number – (972) 883-2222, or simply 2222 on campus phones – to allow anyone to contact University Police without blocking the lines reserved for 911 calls.
“Everyone remembers 911, and now extension 2222 is easier to remember than the current extension 2331,” said police Chief Larry Zacharias.
Police Chief Larry Zacharias says the number will be easier to recall.
The number grew out of a recommendation from the Engineering-Computer Science Safety Task Force following an assault report last January.
Use 2222 to ask questions concerning public safety, to request a police escort, to report items lost or found, or to find out about procedures, events, activities, parking rules, and building locations.
By contrast, 911 should be used for calls of a more urgent nature, such as reports of suspicious persons, crimes in progress, or medical emergencies. All 911 calls made from campus are answered by the Richardson Police Department’s Communications Center. Richardson will dispatch fire and Emergency Medical Services calls but will transfer calls for police service to the UT Dallas Police Dispatch Center.
Remember that 911 calls made from cell phones originating from the western or northern perimeters of campus could be received by cell towers located in Dallas or Plano and answered by respective 911 centers. If this occurs, simply ask to be transferred to Richardson.
Parking Info Also Has New Contact
Parking Services also has a new number and e-mail address. Dial (972) 883-8888 (8888 on campus) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for answers about all things parking – permits, special event parking, lot information, and more. Parking information also is available online at www.utdallas.edu/parking.
“The new phone number dedicated to parking is just one part of our ongoing efforts to make the campus more user-friendly. Drivers will continue to see significant changes and improvements in the coming year,” said Transportation Manager Nancy Branch.