SALEM — The Oregon State Police announced the launch of a fast and easy way for people to connect via mobile phones to the agency’s dispatch for a non-emergency situation.
“*OSP (*677) is a mobile phone direct call number established to provide the public with a quick, easy to remember number to use for non-emergency reporting of traffic safety, highway hazards and obstructions, minor crashes, and requests for assistance,” according to the announcement from state police. “*OSP is not an emergency number, and 911 still remains the emergency number to call for an emergency.
Calling *OSP rings directly into the state police dispatch center, where a real dispatcher is ready to take the call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
State police in collaboration with Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon’s cellphone providers secured the new number to make it easier to call for non-emergency police services and road hazards.
Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular have worked with the state police to facilitate the service.
“It is the department’s goal that, as this program develops, other cell providers will partner with us in this venture to provide access to all cellphone users,” according to the agency,
The number is a way to help ensure people can report non-emergencies directly to OSP. For members of the public who do not have cellphone service, or have providers that do not support the access number, state police said they can dial the department’s toll free phone number: 800-452-7888.