You Will Wait For Cops After Calling 911

In some places you will wait longer than in others. Who ya gonna call? Dallas police response times slower again in 2018. And you have to love the Ghost Busters reference.

The cover the case of 1 guy who waited an hour after an assault for cops to show up. (It doesn’t say in this case, but usually if the cops don’t show up, the paramedics can’t either. It is the scene of a violent crime.)

But the stats don’t look too bad. But they are “average response time.” Some people will wait a lot longer.

Priority 1 calls, which are routinely for murders and shootings, improved but were still over the department’s goal of eight minutes, according to the records. The average response time for a Priority 1 call in 2018 was 8.35 minutes, a slight improvement from the year before.

But in 2016, the department responded to those emergency calls on average within 7.77 minutes.

If you can call 911 before bad things happen, 8 minutes is a long time to wait. You might want to consider what you are going to do for those minutes.

Of course no matter where you are, or how good you police force is, the response time will never be zero.


34 Minutes to Dispatch a Priority 1 Call to 911

Total wait time was more like 2 hours, because it was initially flagged as Priority 2. Dallas Councilman Raises New Questions About DPD Response Times.

Once it was upgraded to Priority 1, it was still 34 minutes before an officer was dispatched. (Then add in drive time.)

It showed the call came in at 9:21pm and was incorrectly considered a priority two instead of priority one. At 9:40 and 9:59 p.m., the 911 caller called back. But it wasn’t until 10:43 p.m. — an hour and 20 minutes after the original call — that DPD upgraded the call to priority one.

Griggs said according to the log, it wasn’t until 34 minutes after that, at 11:17 p.m., that an officer was assigned the call. The councilman disputed a city memo to council that said DPD dispatched the call in 34 minutes.

Dallas PD only counts the 34 minutes after the upgrade, but in reality the person calling 911 waited 1 hour and 56 minutes before the call was DISPATCHED, and then had to wait for the officer to drive to their location.

I don’t care if you consider it cooking the books are not. The fact that it took 34 minutes to assign an officer to a Priority 1 call is what interests me. Calling 911 is fine thing to do. All kinds of help can – and probably will – be sent your way, but that help won’t be sent immediately, and they won’t arrive in seconds. You should plan on what you are going to do while you wait.

A 2 Hour Wait For Police After Calling 911

There are two 911 stories out of Dallas. Stories about having to wait a very long time for police response to bad situations.

The first is about a 2 hour wait for 911 after/during an armed robbery. Dallas Robbery Victim Said He Waited 2+ Hours For Officers: ‘Are You Kidding Me?’.

Neighbors called during the crime. He called after the crime. Total of at least 8 calls. 2 hour response time.

“They had me on the ground — gun against my head… I did my best not to look at their faces… I didn’t care.. I wanted them to get whatever they needed out of me… They pulled each credit card and ATM card out of my wallet, put it in front of my face, asked me for the pin and said if you give me the wrong pin you’re dead, we’ll shoot you.”

Police chief “apologized.” At least no one died

The 2nd case is about someone who died. I can’t tell from this how long the wait was. The 1st call was at 9:18. At 10:49 there still had been no response. So “about 2 hours” seems legitimate. New Questions About Dallas Police Response Time Claims.

Several 911 calls were made. The 1st was categorized as “Other.” Eventually a “Priority 2” call was logged. Still a low-priority. The news organization wants you to know that the police had put out a warning for a sex predator in the area where the victim lived, but I’m not sure that really is germane. Eventually a neighbor broke into the dwelling and called for fire-rescue. The paramedics got there long before the cops did.

Then there is the insanity.

“This is a very, very tragic outcome for this woman,” she said. “When I hear something like this of course I’m concerned that someone wasn’t there in two seconds to try to save this woman’s life.”

No way that the response will be 2 seconds. Dallas currently gets to Priority 1 calls in 8 minutes. On average.

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do, but help won’t be there in 2 seconds. You should plan what you are going to do while you wait.

A Lot of Bad Things Can Happen in 11 Minutes

Even if you can call 911 before bad things happen, you will wait. How long you wait depends, in part, on where you are. New Data Shows DPD Taking Even Longer To Respond To 911 Calls.

Adding the 911 time, though, shows it actually takes police more than 11 minutes from the moment a resident dials 911 for officers to arrive on scene.

Those are the numbers for priority 1 calls. Lower priority calls will take longer.

The official numbers are 9 minutes, but it takes a little more than 2 minutes (on average) for the call to be dispatched from the 911 center to the cops who will respond. There is some push to start using the real numbers.

11 minutes is a really long time to wait in the event of a violent encounter. And the situation is not getting better, and the monthly numbers seem to say that things are getting worse.

The department has pointed to its staffing as the cause, as it continues losing officers at a faster pace than it can hire new ones.

And I don’t expect their staffing troubles will be eased anytime soon.

Can’t Let a Cop Go Down for Murder. Have To Try Something

So it look like the Dallas PD is going for character assassination of the guy who was executed. Why Did Dallas Police Search a Man’s Home for ‘Narcotics’ After One of Their Own Killed Him?

KXAS reports that the day after the shooting, a Dallas Police Department investigator obtained a warrant to search Jean’s apartment. The warrant, signed by 292nd District Court Judge Brandon Birmingham, says the police intended to look for “any contraband, such as narcotics,” that could “constitute[e] evidence of a criminal offense.”

Because justification after the fact is all they have left. Because they can’t let the rules that apply to the Little People apply to Cops. (Hat tip to A Geek With Guns.)

It’s More Justice Than I Expected

JusticeDallas police and the Texas Rangers finally admit that they can’t give a cop a free pass on murder manslaughter. Dallas officer Amber Guyger charged with manslaughter after killing neighbor in his apartment.

The 30-year-old Guyger, who is white, fatally shot 26-year-old Botham Jean on Thursday. Lawyers for Jean’s family had been calling for Guyger’s arrest, saying the fact that she had remained free days after the shooting showed she was receiving favorable treatment.

Gee, imagine that, a cop getting “favorable treatment.” But seriously, if she hadn’t been a cop, she would have been arrested on the spot.

This was such a bone-headed move, that I still can’t wrap my brain around it. As I asked the other day, how the hell do you walk into the wrong apartment, and not know it isn’t yours? Forget the 2nd part of that question, just answer the first.

I also don’t get how drawing and firing a weapon is Manslaughter, proving once again I am not a lawyer. (Maybe stupidity is a mitigating factor. Stupid vs Reckless?)

I Predict That Nothing Will Happen to the Cop

But if you walked into the wrong apartment, and shot someone who lived there, thinking you were in your own apartment, what do you think would happen to you? Dallas police officer enters wrong apartment, fatally shoots man.

WTF!? How the HELL do you not know which apartment is yours? (You don’t recognize the furniture, the rugs, the pictures?)

Details surrounding the death of Botham Shem Jean, 26, were not immediately available early Friday. Dallas police said in a statement that preliminary information suggests the officer involved called for help, and told responding officers that “she entered the victim’s apartment believing that it was her own.”

An honest mistake? Yeah, that would work as a defense if anyone aside from cop used it, I’m sure. (I really need to create that “Cops Behaving Stupidly” category.) The officer in question is on “administrative leave,” which is bureaucratic weasel-wording for “paid vacation.”