When The Power Goes Out, Don’t Call Police

(CHATHAM-KENT, ON) – The Chatham-Kent police are asking citizens not to call police during power outages to simply report a residential power outage. The CKPS Communications Centre receives a number of calls – both on 911 lines and non-emergency lines – from people reporting that their power has gone out or asking when their residential power will be restored. These in themselves are not police matters. Callers should contact their hydro company instead of the police.

Constable Michael Pearce states, “It is important that citizens still notify police when a public safety issue exists, such as downed or sparking hydro lines and traffic light outages. The reality is we receive many calls from people inquiring about power outages and these calls should be directed to the appropriate hydro company. We would like to keep our phone lines open for police related matters”.