Should You Bet Your Safety On Being Lucky?

That’s what it comes down to, sometimes, when calling 911. Police: Quick 911 response requires some luck

If a town has its own police force, that is one thing, but if they contract with the sheriff’s office, you might have to wait a while, and if town can’t afford 24 hr support, you might have to wait on the State Police.

Maj. Rick Hopkins, commander of the Field Force Division of Vermont State Police, said unlike a municipal police department, troopers have a lot of ground to cover. Hopkins said “sometimes it’s just luck of the draw” when it comes to getting a quick response time from State Police.

Even if you can call 911 BEFORE bad things happen (no guarantee there), you are going to wait some number of minutes. If you are in a small town, you are going to wait longer, and if your town relies on state troopers it may be quite some time before a cop arrives.

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do. They can dispatch all kinds of help to you. But that help won’t be there in an instant. What are you going to do while you wait?

2 thoughts on “Should You Bet Your Safety On Being Lucky?

  1. Found you via your comment on Claire Wolfe’s blog. Bookmarked. 🙂
    I’ve only called 911 a few times, when there was not much option otherwise. That was in So. Calif. – long story. After I moved to Wyoming, I discovered a whole new world. Almost no crime here at all.

    Anyway, my next door neighbor at the time was a drunk, and a known mean drunk. He came to my back door one day and was very loud, kicking at the door. I called 911 and asked for a deputy to come out. They knew this person well as he’d just come out of jail for his latest DUI. The 911 operator asked if I was afraid, and I informed her that I was armed – just had no desire to shoot the fool if he broke in. The deputy got here in just a few minutes, along with the parole officer… and they took the sick, sad drunk back to jail. I never heard another word about the incident.

    The nearby town of about 2,000 population has a small police “force,” for some strange reason I don’t understand. They have three cars, and those are usually parked at city hall. The entire county has about 5,000 population, and the sheriff has just 7 deputies. That’s two a shift and an alternate. They mostly deal with such things as cattle rustling, property line disputes and so forth. A “crime wave” here is a gas drive off and a bar fight in the same week…

    Most people here are well armed, and know how to use them. Most are hunters, of course, but the lack of crime here would seem to indicate that criminals are well aware of the fact that none of us will be easy victims. The 911 operator must be bored to tears. 🙂


    • Sounds a bit like where I live, though Cincinnati is just “over the hill.”

      Doesn’t mean I’m complacent.

      There are mean drunks everywhere. And folks may assume “isolated is an easy target.” (They would be mistaken!)


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