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?


Police Departments All Over America Are Finally Ready for 1991

I have seen this same press release, masquerading as a news article, about departments in Minnesota, and elsewhere. Now we have Massachusetts. Burlington Police Department transitions to 911 wireless direct

Handheld mobile phones started being commercially available in 1973, but they didn’t make a big impact until 1991 when Generation 2 technology became available. It was in the 1990s that everyone ditched their pagers in favor of cellular phones. But police departments ignored the new technology for decades. Even last year Cincinnati was using cellphones as an excuse for why they were having trouble with 911 calls.

So after 25 years – or more – of ignoring the fact that people have cellphones, and are going to want to use them call for help, cities and states think it is newsworthy that they are doing such a great job to be ready for 1995. Good job guys. I suppose it will take another 25 years for me to be able to send a text message.

So Is It a Tax, Or Protection?

Want good service from Detroit police? Pay an extra $4000 to $6000 up front, and $150 per month. Some Detroit businesses question fairness in Green Light crime fight

Don’t pay? Get to the back of the line.

A customer was destroying a Marathon gas station, so the manager called 911. When time passed he called again to find out why cops didn’t respond.

“The dispatcher said, ‘It’s because you don’t have the Green Light,’ ” Kaid said. “The customer was in here destroying the store, throwing everything off the shelves. He was here for almost an hour before he left. When the police finally came, they told us the Green Light locations get priority.”

It took about an hour for the cops to arrive at the Marathon station. That is a long time.

The Police Chief says they aren’t ignoring businesses who haven’t paid their protection signed up for ‘Green Light.’ And cops would never lie, would they?

Cops would like to force all businesses – or at least those open after 10 PM to sign up. It gives cops unfettered access to the surveillance footage. Welcome to the Panoptican.

The Unrealistic Expectations Produced by Cop Shows

On TV, everything works out before the next commercial break, or at least in 42 minutes. In reality, you need to be prepared to defend yourself. Columbia police teach civilians how to defend themselves from active threats. Columbia, Missouri.

TV shows such as “C.S.I.”, “Miami Vice” and “Chicago P.D.” have left people with the idea that “bad guys” get caught, and that after a 911 call the police will be right at the scene saving the day.

That’s false, said Sgt. Michael Hestir of the Columbia Police Department.

The Columbia police department has an average response time, for priority 1 calls of 11 minutes. “That’s a long time,” Hestir said.

Calling 911 is fine thing to do, if you can do it before bad things start happening, it will still take police a while to reach you. Maybe a long while.

This was about a class in dealing with active threats given by the Columbia police. What to do before police arrive. How to “buy time.” How to be a good witness. Go read the whole, it is interesting, and not very long.

When even the cops are telling you that you can’t just rely on them, maybe you should listen.

What If You Called 911 and Waited 50 Minutes?

That call was in response to people in a woman’s home. Raleigh police response times called into question after recent break-in, murder calls

A lot of really bad things can happen in 50 minutes.

The woman said she called 911 at 6:34 p.m. to report the incident and also posted about it on her neighborhood’s Facebook page. She said a neighbor came over within a minute to check on her. However, she said she called 911 again at 6:59 p.m. because there were still no police at her home. She said officers arrived at 7:24 p.m.

The other story that they cover in the article has to do with ambulance response to a crime scene. If the cops don’t show up, then the EMS can’t show up. (It’s a crime scene!) In that case the EMS crew was waiting for the cops down the block. It took the EMS a few minutes to arrive. It took the cops about 10 minutes to arrive.

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do. It can summon all kinds of help. But if that is all you are prepared to do, then you should also be prepared to wait, because you may wait for a while, depending on the circumstances in the police department. And the lack of personnel in the police department can keep EMS from getting to you if you are the victim of a crime.

What If You Called 911 and Had to Wait 55 Minutes?

Actually it was longer than that. Questions after 55-minute dispatch for armed robbery call in Oak Lawn

55 minutes for the dispatcher to send a car, and 12 minutes for the response by the cops dispatched.

A lot of really bad things can happen in an hour.

Now it could be that all cops were already on other priority calls. It doesn’t say. That happens when there aren’t enough cops to go around to all the crime.

But the point is, people – the Left mostly – say that all we need to do to be safe is call 911. Of course that assumes you can call 911 before you get robbed. Or have some other violent confrontation.

According to the bar owner, who asked not to be identified, he called 911 three times in a one hour time period before watching three suspects board a DART train at the Inwood Station and get out of the area before police could arrive.

No photos of the miscreants in the DART station, so the cops are at a loss.

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do. It can send all kinds of help your way. But if that is the only thing you are prepared to do, well, you may be waiting a very long time; you may even wait the rest of your life.

Barnstable, MA Police Department Joins the 1990s

Well, that’s a BIT harsh. (But only a bit.) Barnstable Police Department upgrades its 911 response system

The major upgrade? They will now be able to handle 1991 technology. (Otherwise known as the digital cellular phone – Gen 2.)

“The 911 system has been operational here since the early ’90s” and was wired to field only hard-line calls.

Gen 2 cellular technology was introduced in 1991, but it was a few years before phones started to pop up everywhere. But even if you give them 10 years, it is still a long damn time to not be able to field cellphone calls. (Calls were routed to the State Police and then transferred. It added about 3 minutes to response time.)