Yet Another Municipality Congratulates Itself on Being Ready for 1992

These newfangled cellular telephones will no longer confuse the people of 911 Call Center in Melford, Mass. Medford Can Now Get Wireless 911 Calls.

Imagine that! A telephone with no wires!

The change from cellular 911 calls being routed through a third party is expected to improve emergency services’ response time.

Well hallelujah, they can handle cellphones, which have been everywhere for 25 years. At least.

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News Flash: If You Call 911, Cops Won’t Be There In An Instant

They also seem unclear on the subject of “median response time.” Half the people wait longer than the median. That is a result of the definition of median in the world of statistics. Big gaps in 911 response in Minneapolis.

Now this is a story about a blue city in a blue state, but for all the whining, I want to grab the people who waited so long by the collar and say, “That’s why there is concealed carry.” They will never admit that. And they will never take that much responsibility for their own well-being. They will call 911 and wait to be rescued and hope that the cops get there in time. (Assuming you can call 911 before Bad Things happen.)

Neal Hagberg frantically called 911 last fall near Minnehaha Parkway after two men chased him for several blocks during an attempted carjacking. It took about 12 minutes for officers to arrive. “I felt really vulnerable at the time that it took for them to get to me,” Hagberg said.

And the paper points out that if you live on the edge of the city, the cops are probably closer to the center of the city when they get your call. See the definition of median response time.

The Most Misleading Headline of the Day

It isn’t exactly a lie, but it leads you to conclude the exact opposite of what actually happened. Portland’s Police Response Times Are Unchanged, Despite Adding 49 New Cops.

Sounds like the police force in question got stronger by 49 trained officers, doesn’t it? If you think that, you would be wrong.

While the total number of officer hires has increased over the past few years, PPB’s ability to keep them around has plummeted. According to the CBO, Portland has historically seen an average of 10 to 15 percent of all new officers leave PPB before their 18-month probationary period is over. Yet recent data shows that as many as 25 percent of officers hired in the past three years are no longer employed by PPB.

They may have hired 49 warm bodies, but attrition took more than that number out of the department. The total manpower is going down, and yet they are surprised that response times are going up. Or maybe they aren’t surprised and just want to bash cops.

If you read this blog even a little, you will be familiar with my “Cops Behaving Badly” category of postings, and you will know I am not a cheerleader for all cops all the time. But beating up a police department because it can’t get better 911 response with fewer people on the job is low, even for the Left-wing Moonbats in the regular media.

The State of Higher Education?

This story is stupid on so many levels. Downed police phone services spark concerns, prompts campuswide email.

So the campus police at San Francisco State University has had phone trouble, caused by power outages. Emergency Generators? Uninterruptible power supplies? Redundancy? Backup plans? These were all state of the art in 1984. (And I’m a bit surprised that a university in California isn’t run completely on solar power, or something.) But that lack of planning and technical ability isn’t even what caught my attention.

Wu also said students who are in need of emotional support should contact Counseling and Psychological Services

Seriously? The ability of students to call for 911 assistance has been impacted and this is what you choose to worry about? You live a charmed life.

File this under “First World Problems.”

Cooking the Books on 911 Response Time

This isn’t unique to Ocala, Florida. Rick Hancock: Reported response times not an accurate measure.

Publicly reported response times are tracked only from when a responder is “available” to respond, which is quite different from reality. Published response times don’t include the length of time for processing the call to the right agency for contact, acceptance to respond, and to get on the road. In addition, the clock doesn’t start until someone is actually available to respond.

So if you spend time on hold, because a 911 operator isn’t available, they don’t count that time, or the time it takes them to figure out who they need to send. (Fire, EMS or Police?) But it no officer is available to come to your aid right away, because they are all on other calls, they don’t count that time either. So you could wait for 20 minutes for an officer to be available, and they will only count the 4 minutes it takes him to drive to your location. Did you only wait 4 minutes, or was it more than 24 minutes? And are you going to be able to comfortably wait for 24 minutes? That is a really long time if bad things are happening. (Actually it isn’t usually 20 minutes, but you get the point.)

This time is not used in the response calculation and increases the true response time by 20-100 percent.

And this is “standard procedure” in a lot of police departments, because making the numbers look good, makes the department look good, and it makes the Chief look good, which is really the most important thing cops do, right?

9 calls to 911 about a hazardous situation did no good.

Cops were sent to the wrong side of the highway. ABC-7 I-Team: 9 calls made to 911 before semi struck highway equipment, couple killed.

And when they didn’t find anything they didn’t do anything. Like drive over to the other side of the highway. If they had, they might have found the piece of construction equipment sticking 4 feet into the lane on Interstate 10 in El Paso, Texas. But it caused an accident that cost 2 people their lives.

A review of hundreds of pages of 911 call logs and emergency calls placed with authorities, the ABC-7 I-Team learned nine out of the eleven 911 calls placed to authorities were made before the crash happened.

Someone even said, “somebody is gonna get killed right there.” They were right.

Since the quest for the scapegoat has begun, everyone is keeping their heads down.

9 Hours Wait After Call to 911

She had to run for her life before cops could be bothered to show up. Detroit 911: Woman calls 10 times after threat, response took more than nine hours.

The first call was at 1:50 AM. At 11:30 AM she called for the 11th time.

“I do not have an address,” screamed a voice into the phone. “I need some help immediately. I just had to run from the house, that’s why I don’t have an address…I’ve been calling you guys since last night.”

The woman had been chased out of her home by her son, she would later say, who was wielding a bat.

Cops were dispatched, the guy was arrested – excuse me taken into protective custody – and tragedy averted. After 9 hours. An investigate is underway.

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do. But help won’t arrive immediately. And you need to plan on what you’re going to do while you wait. This is related to a story from February 25th. 30 Minutes or an Hour Wait After Calling 911.