From Newark Police
Many areas, including the City of Newark have an enhanced 9-1-1 system which allows emergency services to see the general location you are calling from when you place a 9-1-1 call; however, there are still many areas that do not have this feature.
Likewise, depending on where you are when you dial 9-1-1, you may not get the specific city, town or community's emergency services where the incident is occurring because your call was picked up by a cellular tower that routed your call to a neighboring community or jurisdiction.
Take time today to enter the direct (10-digit) telephone number into your phone's "contacts" for police and fire emergencies in every community you frequently visit.
This way, when you witness an emergency situation you will not need to spend precious time attempting to locate the number or calling 9-1-1 only to be transferred to another community's emergency services.
This isn’t to say that 9-1-1 from your cell phone won't work...It's still a great tool and the number that WILL get you emergency help. However, keeping the direct telephone number in your contacts is just an enhanced and, in some cases, a faster way to get help.
Many communities have their 10-digit emergency number located on their website, but you can also call their non-emergency (business) number to get their emergency telephone number to put into your contacts.
The 10-digit emergency number to use while in Newark is 510-578-4238. Take the time to enter that number in your phone today!