Sunday, March 29, 2009

A Lot of Bad Things Can Happen in 11 Minutes

Police lagging in emergency response time | That is how long it has been taking Atlanta Police to respond to high-priority 911 calls.
Last year it took, on average, 11 minutes and 12 seconds from the time a high-priority 911 call was made until an Atlanta police officer showed up at the scene.
Is that a system you want to bet your life on? Feel free, just don't ask me to share in your insanity.

When seconds count, police are minutes away. In some places and at some times, they can be many minutes away.

Not that Atlanta is so unusual. Some other department stats:

City, State Response time (average) - high priority calls
El Paso, TX 11 minutes, 11 seconds
Tucson, AZ 10 minutes, 11 seconds
Kansas City, MO less than 9 minutes
Denver, CO 11 minutes
Nashville/Davidson County, TN  less than 9 minutes.
Oklahoma City, OK less than 10 minutes

Calling 911 is fine a thing. But 9, 10, or 11 minutes is a long time to wait when you are under attack. And that assumes you can call police before you suffer violence.

Calling 911 is fine thing, but it might pay to think about how you are going to pass those 9 minutes, while you are "negotiating" with a rapist.

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