How Police Find 911 Callers On Cell Phones

By Dick Johnson
|  Tuesday, Jun 28, 2011  |  Updated 4:47 PM CDT
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How Police Find 911 Callers On Cell Phones

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Call 911, ask for help and a dispatcher is supposed to send a squad car to your location.

But not if you're calling from a cell phone.

OEMC Spokesman Roderick Drew confirms 911 operators do not have the capability of specifically locating cell phone callers in emergency situations based on GPS. 

They can only use cell tower pings. The pings denote a general area from which the call eliminated.  That is why towers were installed to mark certain areas of the Taste of Chicago for emergency callers. 

Drew says just a couple of days ago a woman went into labor and paramedics were only able to find her fast because of those towers which were referenced in her call for help.

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