Frequent question: Can 911 tell where you are?

How long does it take for 911 to get your location?

Rules issued by the Federal Communications Commission in 2015 require wireless telecom companies to provide a “dispatchable location” (a physical address including information such as floor, suite or apartment) to 911 call centers within 30 seconds, regardless of indoor or outdoor location.

How does 911 know your city?

Here’s how they explain it: When you call 911 from your cellphone, the dispatcher does not see your actual location. Instead, dispatch centers have to ask your wireless carrier for your location information. The location information comes from a cell tower, which could put you miles away from where you actually are.

Can police track your phone in an emergency?

Because the phone reports its location based on GPS positioning, wireless carriers can relay a relatively precise location for the phone to emergency response teams, police and other government officials.

Can the police track your phone?

In the United States the government pays phone companies directly to record and collect cellular communications from specified individuals. U.S. law enforcement agencies can also legally track the movements of people from their mobile phone signals upon obtaining a court order to do so.

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What happens if you call 911 and hang up immediately?

Everyone makes mistakes, and there is no penalty to accidentally calling 911. The Communications Dispatcher will want to verify your name and address, and ensure that there is not a real emergency. If you do hang up, they will call you back to confirm that you are safe.

Why should a caller to 911 Never hang up until told to do so?

Don’t hang up until the 911 agent tells you to

You may feel there’s no further need to stay on the line, but emergencies are, by their very nature, unpredictable. It may turn out that you’ll need to open a door for the police, or flag down a fire truck, if they can’t find you easily.

How long does it take for the police to track your phone?

It can take as little as 30 seconds to trace a call. The amount of time it takes the police to show up to the crime scene is an entirely different matter. Traffic, geography, and distance of the nearest available unit determine how long it will take them to appear. It could be 5 or 20 minutes.

How long do you have to be on the phone to track?

No, there’s no minimum time the caller needs to be on the line. In fact, if the caller hangs up before you can pick up the phone, you probably can still trace the call. A connection simply needs to be made, and that usually happens once the phone rings at least two times.

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Why does it take so long to trace a call?

It had to track the winding path of a connection across switches and exchanges to discover its origin. Then, the phone company passed it on to law enforcement. This was a time-consuming process, requiring a negotiator or police officer to keep the call active for as long as possible.