In 2008, congress recognized April as 9-1-1 Education Month. Many agencies across the country participate in a coordinated education campaign to promote the appropriate use of 9-1-1. This year, employees in the Chandler Police Department Communications section have been visiting elementary schools to educate young children on the proper use of 9-1-1. Employees have visited several elementary schools to give presentations and have set up information booths at school festivals. The presentations are meant to be interactive and to get the children involved so that they can easily identify situations when they should call 9-1-1 and those which are not real emergencies. It also encourages them to know their home address and other important information. Our goal is that children will be excited about the information they learned and will take it home to share with family members, neighbors, and friends.  Although our emphasis is during the month of April, we are happy to schedule these presentations outside of that month.  If you would like to schedule a presentation, please contact us at our non-emergency number (480-782-4130.

Tips for parents and caretakers:

  • Talk to your child(ren) about the appropriate use of 9-1-1
  • Teach your child(ren) important addresses and phone numbers and/or keep a list of important addresses and phone numbers in a visible spot where they can easily locate it
  • NEVER let your child(ren) play with a phone; even a cell phone without service can still call 9-1-1
  • Teach your child(ren) that police are here to help if they have an emergency