Calling 911

9-1-1 is for Emergencies 740-286-4131 is for
Crimes in progress
Vehicle crash (injury or fatal)
Medical emergencies
Electric lines down
Chemical leak or toxic spill
Any situation where someone is in immediate danger and could be injured or killed
Crimes NOT in progress
Minor "fender-bender" crashes
Reporting adverse weather conditions, tree limbs down, etc.
City utility problems
Barking dogs Loud music, loud party calls
Parking / Traffic violations
Follow-ups on previous calls Requests for police reports
Police investigation status check
Calling for help in an emergency ...
If you have an emergency, you can contact the Jackson Police radio room any time by calling 9-1-1. Communications officers or "dispatchers" will answer your 9-1-1 call in the order received. They will first determine the nature of the problem and then ask if you need the police, fire or medical personnel to respond.

The Jackson Police Department dispatches all police, fire, rescue and utility emergency calls for the city of Jackson. If your emergency requires medical assistance, your call will be transferred to the Southeast Ohio EMS District radio room in Gallipolis. Simply stay on the line and the Jackson Police operator will make the connection for you. DO NOT hang up until instructed by the SEOEMS dispatcher.

If you need the police, you will be asked to provide some basic information. It is important to remain calm even though you may be upset or scared. Stay on the telephone line and talk to the dispatcher, if you can do so safely, until police officers arrive.

Be prepared to give ...
The exact location of the emergency including apartment numbers and street address.
A description of the emergency or event.
Names and descriptions of persons involved.
Descriptions of any vehicles involved.
Any injuries to yourself or other individuals along with the type of injury if known.
Were any weapons involved, and if so, how many and what type
Calling 9-1-1 from a cell phone
In most cases, when you call 9-1-1 from a cell phone within Jackson County, you will reach the Jackson County Sheriff's Office radio room by default. Some outlying areas of Jackson County send cell calls to the Ross County Sheriff's Office, Gallia County 9-1-1 or the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

If your cell phone connects you to another agency, simply tell them you have an emergency in the city of Jackson. The operator will either take your information and relay it to us, or immediately connect you with the Jackson Police 9-1-1 Center.

The cellular telephone industry, under FCC mandate, is developing and will implement a geographical positioning system for emergency calls. Several cell phone towers will 'triangulate' a cell phone signal calling 9-1-1 and automatically route that call to the correct jurisdiction. This system is still several years away from implementation.
Calling when you have a Non-emergency situation ...
If you have a non-emergency situation and you need the Jackson Police, you can contact us any time by calling 286-4131. The communications officer will first determine the nature of the problem and then obtain further information. Please remain calm. Although you might be upset or frightened, we need this information to assist the officers responding to help you.

The communications officer will assign a police unit to your request for assistance. Remember, emergency and life-threatening calls take priority over non-emergency calls. There may be times when the patrol officers are busy with priority calls. Please be patient. Officers will respond to your request.
Tips for homeowners, landlords and business owners ...
Post address numbers in a location clearly visible from the curb or street. In an emergency situation, police, fire and EMS personnel may need to locate your house quickly.

4" reflective numbers are recommended as the minimum size.

Curbside rural mailboxes should be marked with large (4"-6") reflective numbers.

Apartment numbers should be permanently marked on each front door.

Businesses should mark their street address on or near the main public entrance

In Jackson, we have several streets that have duplicate house numbers (example: North Bennett and South Bennett Avenues), and the geographical street name prefix is a VERY IMPORTANT part of your complete address. Don't say "I live at 55 Star Street". It's either 55 North Star Street or 55 South Star Street!

Know your nearest cross street: Main Street near Columbia. Main Street at Huron. Main Street at High. Giving the 9-1-1 operator this important information can quickly direct emergency help to your location and prevent any address confusion.

Snow Levels

SNOW EMERGENCY CONDITION LEVELS are declared by the Sheriff and are broadcast to the public via radio, television, public access cable channels, newspapers and even on police scanners.

Local radio stations in the Jackson area include:
WKOV-FM 96.7 MHz
WCJO-FM 97.7 MHz
WYRO-FM 98.7 MHz
WYPC-AM 1330 kHz
WRYV-FM 101.5 MHz

The information listed is for reference purposes only.

Ohio Sheriff Snow Emergency Condition Levels:
County and township roads are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads are icy and all drivers should use caution.

County and township roads are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Only those who feel it necessary to drive should be out on county and township roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work.

All county and township roads are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be out unless it's absolutely necessary to travel. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those travelling on county and township roads are subject to arrest.

Security Tips

What is personal safety?
It's taking steps to protect yourself from crimes. Personal safety involves:

Avoiding Crime: Without a doubt, prevention is your best protection against crime.
Knowing what to do if you're a victim. By knowing how to react you can avoid personal injury.
Preventing crimes by trusting your instincts. If something "feels" wrong, you may be right!
Not dismissing suspicious people, cars or situations. Report them immediately.
Avoiding dangerous situations. Use your best judgment about where you go and what you do.
Working with law enforcement officials in the prosecution of criminals. People working together can prevent and solve many crimes.
Responding to an attack
What state of mind is your attacker in? Look around. Are there sources of help available?
Stay alert: Listen and observe carefully so you can make the best decision now and provide important evidence later.
Remember the time, the person's appearance (height, weight, clothing, hair color and length, scars), the vehicle color, make and license number.
Write everything down, including a full statement, as soon as possible.

Remember Your Goals are ESCAPE and SURVIVAL: Escaping and surviving an attack are the most important considerations. Keep this in mind as you act and react. Only you can evaluate a situation and decide what is best. If the Attacker Wants Your Valuables, Give Them Up: Valuables can be replaced -- your life cannot.
Contact the police.
Get medical attention immediately.
Preserve evidence -- don't shower, douche, use the restroom or change clothes until you have been examined by a doctor.
Follow-up medical care may be needed to prevent sexually transmitted diseases or deal with pregnancy.  
Protect yourself at home ...  
LIGHTS: Leave at least one light on -- inside and outside when you're away. If you're away, use a timer to turn lights on and off.
 UNWANTED TELEPHONE CALLS: Don't give out personal information such as your name, address, social security number or credit card numbers. If you have an answering machine, use it to screen unwanted calls. Notify the police and phone company of threatening or harassing calls.
LOCKS: Buy high-quality deadbolt locks -- and use them! Be sure all door and window locks can be opened quickly in case of a fire.
STRANGERS: Install a peephole if possible. Don't open the door for strangers, unexpected repair people, deliveries, etc. Always ask for a company I.D. Call to verify the ID if you're suspicious.
NEIGHBORHOOD FRIENDS: Watch other houses or apartments, and let your neighbors know of anything suspicious. Offer your phone to neighbors for emergency use, and use theirs when necessary. Keep in touch with your neighbors.

IF YOU THINK AN INTRUDER IS INSIDE YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS: Don't go in! Call the police from a nearby phone.  
Protect yourself on the street ...  
Dress appropriately. Avoid flashy clothes, jewelry or furs. Dress so you can walk or run easily to avoid an attack.
Walk with someone. Stay alert to those around you. If you must walk alone, walk confidently. Go into a public place if you need to ask directions.
Walk near people. Avoid isolated areas, parks and parking lots. Shortcuts may save you time -- but they may expose you to danger, too.
Protect your valuables. Carry only what you need. Carry necessary valuables close to your body. Carry a wallet in a front pocket or inside pocket, instead of a purse. If you carry a purse, hold it close to your body.

If you're being followed ...
Act suspicious: Turn and look at the person. It shows you aren't afraid and won't be taken by surprise.
Change directions. If someone is following you on foot, cross the street and vary your pace. If the person is in a car, turn and walk in the opposite direction.
Go into a store or other public place. If the person follows you, ask to use the phone to call the police.  
Protect yourself while traveling ...  
Doors and Windows: Keep doors locked and windows rolled up in traffic, especially at stoplights. Always lock your vehicle.
Parking: Park in areas that will be well-lit when you return. Check the back seat and around the car to see if anyone is hiding.
Valuables: Keep them out of sight in the trunk, never on a seat or in the glovebox. Mount tape decks, CB radios, cellular phones, etc., out of sight, if possible.
Car Trouble: Raise the hood, put on emergency flashers and tie a white cloth to your antenna or outside mirror. Stay inside the car with windows up. Ask anyone who stops to call the police or the nearest service station.

Subways and Trains: Wait in well-lighted areas near other people. Stay alert. If someone bothers you, make noise so other passengers know.
Buses: Wait near other riders. Sit in an aisle seat, near the driver, if possible.
Taxis: Have the driver wait until you're safely inside.

Leave valuables in a safe at the desk, not in your room or luggage.
Always keep your room key with you.
Double-lock the door when you're inside.
Tell the clerk not to give out your room number.
Special tips for parents ...  
Teach your children safety rules, including these:

Don't play alone or in isolated areas.
Know your name, address and phone number.
Don't go with anyone you don't know well.
Learn to say NO!, especially to uncomfortable touches.
Don't open the door to anyone you don't know well.
Don't tell people you're home alone.
Learn how to call for help in an emergency - Call 9-1-1  
Special tips for Senior Citizens ...  
Have regular pension or other checks sent directly to the bank.
Don't close off or lock fire escapes. Ask the Police or Fire department about types of locks to use.
Beware of anyone who wants to share money with you, offer products or services at very low prices, or who ask you to withdraw money from your bank.
Invest in a touch-tone phone with large, easy-to-read numbers. Put a 9-1-1 reminder near or on the phone.
Keep your medical history taped to the refrigerator in an envelope clearly marked with your doctor's office phone number and hospital of choice.