Emergency Call Law and Legal Definition

Emergency call means a call to duty, including, but not limited to, communications from citizens, police dispatches, and personal observations by peace officers of inherently dangerous situations that demand an immediate response on the part of a peace officer. It also refers to a telephone request for emergency services which requires immediate action to prevent loss of life, reduce bodily injury, and/or prevent or reduce loss of property.

Many telephones are now required to have the capability to locate the caller when an emergency call is placed by dialing 911. Local laws exist, which vary by jurisdiction, making it a crime to abuse the emergency call system.