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Metro police working to keep up with 9-1-1 calls

Reported by: Fatima Rahmatullah
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Updated: 10/28/2013 11:03 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, reduced staff has created a logistical challenge for the department as field officers face thousands of incoming 9-1-1 calls each day.

When the 9-1-1 phone system was established, it gave people a fast, easy and direct way to reach police in an emergency. But as the years have gone by and calls for police aid have only increased – averaging 4,500 a day -- Metro’s operational budget has gotten tighter.

In fact, it has been the recent subject of a heated political debate about how to hire more officers.

News 3’s Fatima Rahmatullah was invited to ride along for a glimpse of what into takes to juggle all those calls – what life is really like when metro officers take to the streets for their shifts.

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