- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 3, 2012

Metropolitan police said Saturday afternoon that the District’s 911 system was restored after announcing earlier in the day that the call function was “temporarily inoperable.”

Police said in a press release issued shortly before 3 p.m. that back-up communications protocols were in use and that calls for service would be answered.

Officials announced about an hour later on Twitter that the system had been restored.

Officer Hugh Carew, a police spokesman, said during the outage that he had no information on when it began or what had caused it.

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