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Greenville police urge caution when dialing 911

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Greenville police officers are asking people to be more cautious when calling 911.

Johnathan Bragg, spokesman for the Greenville Police Department, said the agency received 293,622 calls in 2013.

He said those callers either wanted to report a crime, ask a question or accidentally dialed 911.

Bragg said 12,853 callers hung up or were disconnected after dialing 911.

Bragg said all of those calls required follow-up investigations by communications personnel.

If you accidentally call 911, Bragg advised that you stay on the phone and advise dispatchers that you do not have an emergency and that you did not mean to call.

"This relieves a lot of work that has to be done by communications to figure out if there was an emergency or not," Bragg said.

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