The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office announced this afternoon that it has concluded its investigation into the 911 call made by Princeton Councilwoman Jo Butler. No charges will be filed in the matter.
“At our discretion, it was deemed appropriate to issue Ms. Butler a warning, which is not uncommon for a first time infraction of this nature,” wrote a spokeswoman for the office in an email to reporters.
On September 18, Butler made a 911 call from the Dinky station because she was concerned about whether the Princeton Police or Princeton University Public Safety respond to such emergency calls.
“I had a productive conversation with the prosecutor’s office and I apologized to them and to Capt. Sutter of the police department,” Butler told Planet Princeton. “I’m glad I can move on and focus on the important business of the town. I assume the issue I’ve raised concerns about is going to be addressed by the university and the police, and I trust that they will address it.”
At a Council meeting in September, Butler received conflicting answers from a police representative and a university representative as to whether calls made from a cell phone are routed to campus public safety or the police. So she decided to make a call herself and see who answered. She asked which department she was calling and identified herself as an elected official.
The Princeton Police flagged the issue and referred the matter to Administrator Robert Bruschi, who then contacted the Mercer County Prosecutor about the issue, a police official said.
The issue of who responds to emergency calls has been a matter of concern for some public officials over the past year. It has not always been clear who responds to which Princeton University buildings off campus, and there was confusion about who responds to cell phone calls. Butler and other officials expressed concerns about possible delays or miscommunication in routing more serious incidents from Princeton University to the Princeton Police.