New 101 number success

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TAYSIDE Police saluted the public in their force area for the way they have embraced the new national non-emergency 101 number.

The number was officially launched on Thursday, February 21, and since its launch, Tayside Police are receiving around 46 percent of all non-emergency calls via the 101 service, the best public response in the Scotland.

The success is attributed to promoting the use of 101 at the front of the old contact numbers and the subsequent decommissioning process as well as marketing and publicity of the new number.

Force Communications Centre business manager Louise Fraser said: “This is excellent news and helps to show the potential of the new 101 service. Its introduction is saving money but most importantly it is easy to remember and use. I have been really impressed by the way people in Tayside have made the change.”