can give the Marine Police is the address from which the call was placed.
Because the officers have nothing to reference that address, it’s
difficult to find the exact location of the call. Marine Police officers
carry 911 books for their local areas, but without the addresses posted,
they can only find the general area, and must often rely on directions
from neighbors or bystanders.
“We have decided that the
only way it can be effective is to show people the benefit of using it,
and ask them to help us make it happen,” said Powell.
Residents can help by
making sure whatever address is listed on their home, mailbox, etc. is
placed somewhere that’s visible from the water such as on a dock or
boathouse. It is recommended that letters and numbers be at least three
inches high. Reflective letters and numbers are the most effective for
“The important thing is
that they are there and visible,” said Powell. There is no penalty for
not displaying addresses. “This is simply a way for citizens to help us
better serve them.” Lake Martin is the first area to try the system, but
residents of any other areas are encouraged to display addresses as well.
If you have any questions,
comments or suggestions, contact the Marine Police Division’s Montgomery
office at 800-272-7930.