It’s 999 day every day of the year at WMP!
Today is national 999 Day as the country recognises the work of Blue Light services across the UK… but it’s 999 day for us every day of the year!
So far this year we’ve taken almost half a million emergency calls from the public.
Between 1 January and 9am today – the 9th hour of the 9th day of the 9th month – we’ve received a total of 486,985 emergency 999 calls from people reporting crime, suspicious activity or needing help.
That’s an average of almost 2,000 treble nine calls every day so far this year.
And it’s in addition to 573,000 non-emergency 101 calls and almost 160,000 Live Chats to call handlers directly through our website.
One of the aims of Emergency Services Day is to highlight to the public when it’s appropriate to dial 999.
People should use the 9s when a crime is in progress, when there is a risk to life or property, or when suspects are still on the scene.
Another is to raise awareness of all the career and volunteering opportunities there are in the emergency services.
We’re recruiting for PCs and other positions now so check out our jobs site: https://jobs.west-midlands.police.uk/
And there are lots of ways you can volunteer to support policing in your area, while making a few new friends along the way.
Our volunteer Special Constables dedicate a minimum of 16 hours a week to support police operations alongside regular officers.
Our Street Watch and Neighbourhood Watch volunteers do a great job keeping an eye on our communities, or you could join one of our Independent Advisory groups (IAGs).
They are self-governing groups made up of people from local communities who provide us with independent advice. There are lots of armchair commentators on social media telling us how we should police… so here’s your chance to come and influence what we do directly.
Visit our volunteering page for more information: https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/get-involved