Oregon State Police worked with ODOT and cell phone providers to provide *OSP service

ILLUSTRATION COURTESY OF OREGON STATE POLICE - For non-emergencies, people can now dial *OSP from a mobile device to reach police dispatch.

The Oregon State Police have launched *OSP (star OSP), a fast and easy way to dial OSP dispatch for non-emergencies.

State police established the number as a way to better serve the public and ensure a fast and easy way to contact them for public safety services, according to a press release.

Members of the public can now use *OSP to reach police dispatch directly, where live dispatchers are on standby 24 hours a day seven days a week. It is intended for reports such as traffic safety concerns, highway hazards and obstructions, minor crashes and requests for assistance.

State police worked on the project in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon's cell phone providers. Currently, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular facilitate the service. Police hope that other cell providers will partner with them to provide access to all cell phone users.

For members of the public who do not have cell phone service, or have providers that do not currently support this access number, they can still dial the Department's toll free number 800-452-7888.

*OSP is not an emergency number, and those who are having an emergency should always call 9-1-1.

Kristen Wohlers
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