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?