THE launch of a new non-emergency number for the police has been praised by Eastbourne’s MP Stephen Lloyd and top cop Jayne Dando.
Locals can now call 101 and get through to police without worrying about clogging up the emergency 999 number.
And, with only an estimated 25 per cent of 999 calls to the police requiring an immediate response, the MP and Eastbourne District Commander Inspector Jayne Dando are delighted at the move.
Chief Inspector Dando enthused, “The introduction of 101 is a much simpler way for people to contact us for non-emergencies, for reporting a crime that has happened, or to get advice or raise local policing issues.
And Mr Lloyd added, “I think this is a great idea the public will now have an easier way to contact Sussex Police with a memorable number for non-emergencies.
“Previous plans for a national non-emergency number never materialised, but the Coalition Government has delivered a practical scheme.”
Calls cost 15p per from both mobile phones and landlines, no matter how long the call or what time of day – sparing callers the cost of ringing the traditional 0845 numbers previously used by many forces which cost up to 40p per minute.