Scilly’s Police Station Gets New Emergency Phone System

police phoneLocals and visitors who need to contact the police on St Mary’s in an emergency or for a general matter have a new facility.

A direct dial phone has been installed on the outside wall of the police station.

There are two buttons – one connects to 999 for urgent issues that pose a risk to life or property, the other routes to 101 for less important matters.

Calls are handled in Plymouth and staff there can decide whether an officer in Scilly needs to be dispatched urgently.

Sergeant Colin Taylor says the new unit is an improvement on the former hole-in-the-wall phone that had been mistaken by one visitor for a bathroom window.