Seven years of 911 calls after getting snow pants for Christmas

Seven Years Ont. The boy might be able to add to another unqualified list after calling 911 to get snow pants as a Christmas present.

Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt – who tweeted the incident – said the call was placed at the beginning of the evening of December 25th.

He said the boy was disturbed by his gift and wanted the police to help.

Schmidt said the officers had taken the necessary steps to ensure that the call was not emergency and that the police were not sent to the scene to investigate.

In a telephone conversation on Wednesday, Schmidt told that the incident is a "consciousness and learning moment" that raises another reminder for parents and carers to talk to children about the call 911.

"Parents or carers must ensure that their children understand the consequences of 911 calls and what constitutes an emergency," Schmidt said.

He continued to call 911 for non-emergency taking resources from other priority calls that may be real emergency situations.

In a previous interview with CTV Kitchener, OPP officials said it took about 30 minutes to investigate the call 911, and responding to an off-emergency situation can give tense police resources.

"Children need to realize that calling 911 is critical and serious," Schmidt said. "We do not want to lose resources after calls that are not emergency situations."

Schmidt said he did not know if the OPP had taken further action to resolve the problem.

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