Saturday, June 06, 2009

The First Step Toward Fixing a Problem, is Admitting You Have a Problem

It's all about doing what you said you would do. This is actually the report of a county sheriff to the people who elected him.

Usually when I write about 911 response-times, there are people explaining why they do everything the best they can, and you have to learn to live with the result. It is refreshing to see someone want to improve a bad situation. That someone is Paul R. Babeu, Pinal County sheriff, from Pinal County Arizona.

On the subject of 911 response times:
Our emergency response time for a deputy to a priority No. 1 emergency call is 13.6 minutes. Response times for a priority No. 2 urgent call remains over 18 minutes. This is unacceptable and is why we have added more deputies to the road to answer your emergency calls and reduce our response times.
He is right of course. A lot of really bad things can happen in 13 minutes. But the truth is, his forces aren't usually called out until after that something is already done.

Still it is refreshing to see someone stepping up to the plate, and actually working to make things better. Hat's off to Sheriff Babeu.

Even if he cuts response time in half, a lot of bad things can happen in 6 minutes. Even assuming that the police are called before the crime is really underway, you are going to be on your own for a while. Better have a plan on how you will survive that 6 minutes.

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