Oirsbeek – The police arrested a 37-year-old man from Oirsbeek on Monday afternoon who frequently called the emergency line in recent days and scolded and threatened dispatchers. He is charged with threatening.
Hundreds of false reports and reports are made to the police every year. In 2022, the emergency number 112 was called almost 3.5 million times. 37 percent of these calls were not forwarded to the emergency services because they involved misuse or improper use of the emergency number. It causes the police and other first responders a lot of unnecessary work and is considered a serious offense.
Abuse is punishable
In the event of a false 112 report, the person who made the false report will be traced. If you make a false report (this means: saying that something is happening that is not true), or abuse 112 (just calling and disconnecting the connection or laughing, shouting, swearing, etc.), you are committing a crime . So the police will intervene. Abuse can result in community service or imprisonment.
Information source: Politie.nl