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Despite hiccups, Nunavik’s new emergency phone system is effective: police – Nunatsiaq News

Sep 14, 2023

Councillors report some difficulties with Inuit names and local addresses

Nunavik police say the region’s new emergency phone system is working well despite some issues raised by community members.

Umiujaq became the first Nunavik community to have its police and fire calls answered by dispatchers in Saint-Eustache, Que., rather than local officers, earlier this year.

Kuujjuaraapik joined in June and Puvirnituq followed in mid-July. The rollout to Inukjuak is delayed.

The system is receiving about 110 calls per month on average, most of them between 5 p.m. and midnight, according to Shaun Longstreet, Nunavik police’s deputy chief.

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