Emergency dispatchers receive many trivial calls that do not require any police intervention. Some of those calls are about noise complaints. What actionable steps can police officers take for the jet noise near the military’s largest airport in Dover, Delaware? None.
In a Facebook post published by the Dover Police Department, they had to state the obvious in case people forgot. The irritated officers said: “You live in Dover…there’s an Air Force Base here.”
The 436th and 512th Airlift Wings operate the C-5M Super Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster III transport jets. These units are known to be the largest aircraft in the U.S. military’s inventory, and the place will be roaring with the sound of powerful machines.
The complaints trickled in during the Thunder Over Dover air show which received criticism for adding to the jet noise. The weekend show featured a lengthy list of performances from the Air Force Thunderbirds, the Navy Blue Angels aerial teams, the Marine Corps’ Harrier demonstration team and the Air Force’s C-17 demonstration team. There was also a B-2 stealth bomber performing a flyover and World War II propeller planes.
This air show is not exciting for people with sensitive hearing.
The Police Department expresses frustrations at the buzzing phone lines. They said: “We can’t believe we have to say this, but please do not call the police department or 911 about the jet noise. It is a complete waste of our resources and you are potentially putting people at risk who need help.”
Police officers urge people to make the most of the experience. They said, “Enjoy the sound of freedom for the next few days. This event is great for our city.”
Residents will have more luck investing in earplugs than calling the cops.