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North Carolina Police Unresponsive to Certain 911 Calls Amid “Personnel Crisis”


North Carolina’s Asheville Police Department (APD) has ordered its officers to remain unresponsive to certain types of crimes so that the agency can respond appropriately to calls for help in a “staff crisis”.

APD stops responding to 911 calls regarding specific incidents where suspicious information is not available; Harassment from phone calls that do not contain life threats unless they are related to stalking or domestic violence; Identity theft and other scams, as well as unauthorized reports that, among other things, do not bring charges, the department said in a statement on Wednesday.

For a full list of calls the officers have stopped responding to, see the department’s Facebook post.

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The workforce at APD has decreased by 84 civil servants since the beginning of 2020, the department said. According to the Police Executive Research Forum, APD had 238 sworn officers in 2019.

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Instead, the department asks victims of one of the crimes listed to file a report with the police using the Police to Citizen online reporting tool. You can also call (828) 252-1110 and request that an officer respond if one becomes available, although the department warns that there could be a “significant” delay in answering.

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