PASCO, Wash. - In an emergency you may show up to a Pasco police station to find no one there and a locked door.
Now three new "code blue" emergency phones installed outside of police stations will provide a direct link to 911 when you need help, but officers are not near.
The city spent about $9,000 installing the phones at three stations. One is at the Kurtzman Park Mini Station, another on North 22nd Street and another at the Pasco Police Department.
Police said the new phones are not a luxury, but a necessity. Right now, two more are in the works to be installed.
If you need to talk to an officer but it's not an emergency, there is also an information button on the phone. It will direct you where to go or what non-emergency number to dial.