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Silent 999 system

The Silent Solution system enables a 999 mobile caller who is too scared to make a noise, or speak, to press 55 when prompted – to inform police they are in a genuine emergency.

It is not true that police will automatically attend if you make a silent 999 call. Callers need to listen and respond to questions and instructions, including by coughing or tapping the handset if possible, or if using a mobile phone, once prompted by the automated Silent Solution system, pressing 55.

The system filters out thousands of accidental or hoax silent 999 calls made daily. Around 50 emergency calls from mobiles a day are transferred by a BT operator to police forces in the UK as a result of someone having pressed 55 when prompted, enabling the police to carry out urgent enquiries to respond.

A national campaign to raise awareness of a system to help people alert police when in imminent danger but unable to speak was launched by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) on 8th April 2019.

More information about this service:
Make Yourself Heard poster
Make Yourself Heard ‘How to Guide’