In Leon County, there’s a new phone number to call when you need police but it’s not an emergency. The new number comes as Tallahassee Police and Fire and the Leon County Sheriffs Office consolidate their dispatch centers at one location.
For fires, car crashes and crimes in progress, call 911. But in situations without that urgency, the new number is 606-5800. Dispatch center co-director Billy Fair says the 911 system can get clogged with non-emergency calls.
“You wake up and your mailbox has been knocked over. That would be an incident where you would call the 606-5800 number…your bicycle is missing…things of that nature," he says.
Fair says to also call 606-5800 with any noise complaints or general questions for police. The number, with area code 850, works anywhere in Leon County.