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When to Call 911

911 should only be used for an emergency. An emergency is a life-threatening situation, crime in progress, or a serious crime that has just occurred. These are situations when 911 should be used:

  • Assault with a weapon, stabbing / shooting
  • In progress burglary to a residence or business
  • Armed robbery to person, residence or business
  • Physical altercations
  • Missing children
  • Any child medical emergency
  • Life-threatening medical emergencies; difficulty breathing, chest pains, etc.
  • Fire; structure, vegetation, vehicle
  • Traffic accidents where injuries are known or suspected
  • Airplane/train crashes
  • Any crime where a culprit is still at the scene or has just fled
    Desert Dispatch Operations

Why Use 911?

Commit to calling in ALL suspicious activity without delay. It's better to call in a few mistakes than to have one person on your watch become the victim of a crime. The time it takes to respond to a crime-in-progress is a determining factor in apprehending criminals. A delay in reporting a crime by a couple of minutes greatly reduces law enforcement’s effectiveness.

Responding quickly and accurately is important. A large number of arrests are made as a result of information that was provided by citizens. The apprehension of one criminal may be the key to other crimes already committed and will definitely reduce any future crimes. Others in your community will greatly appreciate your efforts.

Non-Emergency Numbers

When there is a situation that requires police response but is not an emergency, use one of the following 7- digit non-emergency telephone numbers:

Riverside County Non-Emergency Phone Numbers
West Central East (Coachella Valley) East (Blythe)





Moreno Valley Sheriff's Dispatch




All 911 and non-emergency numbers support TTY communications.
City of Moreno Valley - 951-247-8700 East (Coachella Valley) 760-836-3215 East (Blythe) 760-921-7900 West - 951-775-1099 Central - 951-775-1099 City of Temecula - +51-696-7357 Countywide Toll Free - 800-950-2444
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Non-Emergency Numbers
All 9-1-1 and non-emergency numbers support TTY communications.
Who to call in Riverside County
 Toll Free: 800-950-2444
West: 951-776-1099
Central: 951-776-1099
East - Coachella: 760-836-3215
East - Blythe: 760-921-7900
Moreno Valley: 951-247-8700
Temecula: 951-696-4357
Emergency - Dial 911