Thursday, March 26, 2009

911 wireless in Claremont

Does anyone know if we have this capability in Pomona?

Wireless 911 System Now Operational in the City of Claremont

The Claremont Police Department has been working in partnership with the State Office of Public Safety, Wireless 911 Section, and six wireless service providers to complete the Wireless 911 project in Claremont. This program was funded through a State grant obtained through the Police Department. The program was completed on March 16th, 2009.

When you dial 911 on your cell phone in the City of Claremont, the call no longer goes to the California Highway Patrol communications center; the call now goes to the Claremont Police Department communications center. However, the system is not 100% percent accurate. If the caller is calling from the City boundaries the call could be sent to a surrounding city, additionally if the caller is calling from the freeway, within the City limits, the call is directed to the California Highway Patrol.

The system will provide enhanced service to the citizens and visitors to the City of Claremont. When a 911 cell phone call is made, the call is displayed on the Police Department's communications center screens, giving the cell phone caller information, as well as the latitude and longitude of the caller. This information is computer translated onto a map of the City and an icon appears showing where the caller is located. This wireless 911 system will greatly reduce the wait time for police responses within the City and enhance the availability of Police and Fire Department resources.

From the Claremont PD neighborhood e-watch.


  1. Does anyone know if Pomona is close to doing the same thing? The *ONLY* reason we have our landline is for the 911 service to be the most immediate. Having had a medical emergency before, one thinks of these things.

  2. Pride in Garfield ParkMarch 27, 2009 at 10:25 PM

    I believe Pomona already has the 911 relay in place. I forget which meeting I heard this announced. Ed, would you mind checking into this and letting us know what you find?