And this is in California, where they hate self-defense and anything related to guns. Calling 911 in rural California? Danger might be close, but the law can be hours away.
Usually when I write about calling 911, I point out that help is minutes away, sometimes many minutes away. In this case, the cops in question note that help is HOURS away. What are you going to do in the meantime?
Police got a 911 call from rural CA. So they called the neighbors.
The Gunds’ neighbor, Kristine Constantino, had dialed 911 from her cabin five hours northwest of Sacramento and hung up. The closest deputy was en route from the county seat of Weaverville, 97 miles away. But the drive — through rugged forest and over steep passes — would take almost three hours.
Turns out bad things were happening, and the neighbors walked right into it.
Three hours is a really long time.
A McClatchy investigation found that large stretches of rural California — where county sheriffs are the predominant law enforcement agencies and towns often run only a few blocks — do not have enough sworn deputies to provide adequate public safety for the communities they serve.
It comes down to no money and no people. Of course the state is busy spending money on things that the folks in the San Francisco Bay Area and LA think are important. Rural folks can go jump in the lake.
While the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department employs nearly 160 deputies for every 100 square miles it covers, the tiny sheriff’s departments in Madera, Mariposa and Mendocino counties employ about four deputies for the same amount of turf. In Del Norte and Alpine, the counties make do with two deputies per 100 square miles.
Those figures include non-patrol personnel and those who work in county jails. Leaving those deputies out, the sparse staffing of rural sheriff’s departments becomes even more striking.
Because there is no state police in California. They only have a highway patrol. Which is NOT a general police force.
In spite of this, folks in CA will say that being able to defend yourself is beside the point in modern America. Just call 911 and wait. (Though at 3 hours, you may very well wait the rest of your life.)