Wednesday, January 23, 2008

So You Think Calling 911 Will Save You

Report: Police Took Nearly 5 Minutes To Respond To Cheshire Home Invasion - WNBC | New York Not always.

First they waited 5 minutes after the 911 call came before dispatching anyone to the scene. Then when they did arrive at the scene, the did nothing.
The first officer was outside the home for at least 26 minutes before the two men who allegedly murdered Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two teenage daughters were captured fleeing the horrific scene.
A lot of bad things can happen in 6 minutes, let alone 26 minutes.

They had to "establish a perimeter" and wait for "SWAT to arrive" (They must have been off serving a no-knock warrant on someone's grandmother.)
Cheshire police delayed entering the home because of assurances from a 911 caller who had been told no one would be hurt if police were not notified, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press last year.
So who was the 911 caller, and what kind of "assurance" could they offer? Where they talking to one of the criminals, and if not how did they gauge this assurance?

Once a hostage situation is in place, the police are faced with storming a (possibly fortified) position. It would be much better if they can be stopped before they get started. Only self-defense can manage that. Or as someone said, "When seconds count, police are minutes away."

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