How will police, fire or medical emergency calls be handled?
In the case of police, fire or medical emergencies, the caller will be advised to hang up and call 911. If the individual is calling after hours, an automated message will advise them to call 911 in the case of a police, fire or medical emergency.
Can someone only call from inside the city boundaries?
Callers can access the call center by dialing 311 if they are within the city’s boundaries. However, callers outside the city can access the same call center by dialing (860) 757-9311.
Is the call a free cell phone call?
Calls to (860) 757-9311 are normal billable calls. Please note that you cannot dial 311 directly on a cell phone!
Is 311 accessible to callers with limited knowledge of English?
Yes. Many of our Constituent Service Representatives speak Spanish fluently. Also, the City subscribes to a language interpretation service through AT&T Language Line Services.
What happens after I call 311?
For services requested, you will be issued a Case ID. Your request will be logged into an advanced tracking system that means that departments will be held accountable for responding in an efficient manner. The system will also allow you to call for an update on the status of your request.
Will complaints require names?
Name, address and phone number will be required for some call types to allow for departmental follow-up. 311 will not require contact information unless the department responsible for the service request has indicated a need for it.
Will 311 follow up on a constituent's request?
If a constituent calls 311, the operators can check the status of their request. However, the task of ensuring that a job is completed will still reside with the appropriate department.
Can I still call a department directly if I know the number?
In some cases, but 311 is the only phone number you need for City of Hartford government information and City services.