Don't call 911 about bedbugs, Mounties say
Saskatchewan RCMP receives 181 calls for service on New Year's Eve
A hectic New Year's Eve for police included a few 911 calls that should never have been made, the RCMP said.
Among the 181 calls for service the Saskatchewan RCMP received was one person wishing the police a happy new year and another reporting that their hotel room had bedbugs.
Police didn't identify the hotel.
"The RCMP would like to remind the public that 911 should only be used in emergency situations and if calls are made to 911 which are non-emergent in nature, it takes away from real emergencies which other people could be experiencing," the RCMP said in a news release.
Over four hours starting at 10 p.m. CST on New Year's Eve, the RCMP's divisional operational communications centre received calls about "numerous" assaults (with and without weapons), stranded motorists requiring assistance, reports of stolen vehicles, mischiefs and fireworks complaints.
The RCMP, which like many police agencies has become more involved in social media in recent years, live-tweeted the night.
"Those who were participating in or watching the Twitter event would have noted that there were numerous complaints where alcohol was involved," the RCMP said.