A TOTAL of 16,756 emergency calls was made to South Yorkshire Police last month, new figures reveal.
Another 61,350 non-emergency calls were also received in the same period.
The figures were released to coincide with the national launch of the police non-emergency number – 101.
It has been in use in South Yorkshire since November 4 last year – and during December 43 per cent of non-emergency calls were received on the new number.
Superintendent Adrian Moran, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “The 101 number has been welcomed in South Yorkshire, proven by more than 40 per cent of non-emergency calls being received on the 101 number during its first full month of operation.”
The single non-emergency number is aimed at reducing the burden on the 999 service, with two thirds of all emergency calls received by the force deemed not to be genuine emergencies.