Sheriff Prummell Donates Phones to C.A.R.E. for Emergency Calls

Karen McElhaney, Executive Director for C.A.R.E., accepts cellphones from Sheriff Bill Prummell.

Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell presented the Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies (C.A.R.E.) with a donation of cellphones. The cellphones are soon to be outdated 3G phones utilized by the Sheriff’s office, and although they will not have cellular service, they can still be used to call 911 for emergencies.

In order to ensure that everyone who needs to contact emergency services has the opportunity to do so, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office also participates in the national program “Secure the Call.”

Any cellphone that is no longer in use can be donated to the not-for-profit “Secure the Call” program. Receptacles for the phones are in every district office. The old cellphones are refurbished; all of the existing data is removed and they are reformatted for use only as 911 emergency call devices. The refurbished phones come with chargers and instructions and do not require monthly service fees.

“Secure the Call” phones are available free of charge at any of the Sheriff’s Office district locations. Information on the national program can be found on their website, https://securethecall.org.

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