Bakersfield police revisit "Cry Wolf" policy for false alarm calls
Stats show 97% failure rate on calls in 2012
Last Updated: 51 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Police Department is raising concerns about the growing number of false alarm calls being received.
The police department has presented the city council with a study that found less than 500 out of nearly 17,000 alarm calls were legitimate in 2012.
That represents a failure rate of 97 percent.
Officers are pushing for the public to become more educated on the "Cry Wolf" policy instead of just facing penalties.
Under the current system, a person first receives a warning for reporting a false alarm.
A second infraction results in a fee of $105 that can be waived if you go to alarm school, but won't be waived for further false alarms.
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