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Boy writes South Portland Police apology for misusing 911

The South Portland Police Department says they received an apology letter from a boy who called 911 when there wasn’t an emergency. (South Portland Police Department)

SOUTH PORTLAND (WGME) -- The South Portland Police Department says they received an apology letter from a boy who called 911 when there wasn’t an emergency.

Police say the boy was home after school and "tested" the 911 system.

“We obviously don't condone misuse of the 911 system (neither does the Legislature, since they made it a crime), but accidents can and do happen and we're an understanding bunch,” South Portland Police posted on Facebook.

The boy was unaware that the police respond to every call.

The letter says, "Sorry I called you and lied to your face. I will never call you again, really sorry."

“Our thanks to our young resident (and, perhaps, his parents) for the note,” South Portland Police wrote.

Police say if you accidently call 911 just tell them it was a mistake.

“Just let us know that you called in error. We still may want to come and verify that you're OK, but we're less likely to tie up the same amount of resources in doing so,” South Portland Police wrote.

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