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The city council finds that there has been deliberate and knowing use of 9-1-1 telephone lines for the purpose of initiating a false report, placing a prank call or making a request for emergency services where there exists no true emergency, and that Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) within Lane County and the city experience repeated calls from citizens for emergency services when there exists no true emergency. Responding to such unlawful requests for services requires the use of personnel and equipment such that they are not available for response in the event of a true emergency. The purpose of sections 4.900 to 4.904 of this chapter is to reduce such abuse and deliberate misuse of the 9-1-1 emergency telephone system and emergency services provided by the public safety agencies of Lane County and the city to ensure the availability of 9-1-1 and other emergency telephone lines for the reporting of true emergencies in order that personnel and equipment may be available for use in true emergency situations, which will conserve energy and resources and reduce costs.

(Section 4.900 added by Ordinance No. 19576, enacted September 12, 1988.)