[Vwar] Police response times, an example.

Jim irish at starband.net
Sun Jul 31 09:07:41 PDT 2011

For Tony and all the other liberals who believe the police would be able 
to save them from criminals.

 From American Police Beat:

> Response times- city to city 
> <http://www.apbweb.com/featured-articles/1188-response-times-city-to-city.html> 
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> According to a recent article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, 
> Atlanta police were the slowest to answer high-priority emergency 
> calls among police departments from seven similar-sized cities. The 
> results were part of a survey of police response times. In Atlanta 
> last year it took, on average, 11 minutes and 12 seconds from the time 
> a high-priority 911 call was received until an Atlanta police officer 
> showed up at the scene. The response times reported by the El Paso 
> (Texas) Police Department were only one second quicker than Atlanta's, 
> with an average of 11 minutes and 11 seconds.
> The Denver Police Department posted a response time of 11 minutes 
> flat. According to the Journal Constitution story, police in Tucson, 
> Ariz., responded, on average, in 10 minutes and 11 seconds.
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> Police in Kansas City, Mo., and Oklahoma City posted average response 
> times of less than 10 minutes. In Nashville-Davidson County, police 
> recorded average response times below 9 minutes.
> The Atlanta Journal-Constitution compared police departments 
> responsible for similar-sized populations in comparable-sized areas. 
> The cities compared had to have similar-sized police departments and 
> similar definitions for high-priority calls.
> The agencies studied also needed technology in place to track response 
> times using the same methodology. Atlanta police Deputy Chief Pete 
> Andresen defended the city's response time while also saying the 
> department is trying to speed up its arrival to high-priority 
> emergency calls.
> "Obviously, we want the times to go down," Andresen said. Andresen 
> cited several factors that slow officers down, such as traffic 
> congestion and communication between officers and police dispatchers.
> Asked to elaborate, he said he was referring to "getting proper 
> information" from dispatchers to officers.
> Criminal justice professor Robbie Friedmann of Georgia State 
> University said that Atlanta's response time is "not unreasonable" 
> when compared with the other cities.
> He added that it takes longer than the public likely thinks to respond 
> to 911 calls.
Response times have remained approximately the same from the time of the 
last comprehensive study of the criminal justice system, "The 
President's Commission" done about
20 +years ago.


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