Blue-light phones in Boulder used exclusively for prank calls

6 Feb

City officials say they will be removing five emergency phone stations from University Hill because over the past two years the devices have only been used to prank call police.

In 2009 and 2010, police received 351 phone calls from the emergency phones, all of which were false, according to a memo sent today to City Council members from City Manager Jane Brautigam.

“In each case, police responded, diverting them from other responsibilities and actual calls for help,” she wrote in the letter.

The aged “blue light” phones need to be repaired or replaced, and the city has decided against making that investment.

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