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.


30 Minutes or an Hour Wait After Calling 911

And these are for the most serious crimes. Detroit 911: Thousands in crisis left waiting for Detroit police.

The average response time in Detroit is the best it has been in a decade: 12 minutes. Which is still a very long time when bad things are happening. But that is the average wait time. Some people wait longer.

At a time when the city touts the fastest response time to 911 calls in well more than a decade — 12 minutes for priority one calls — thousands of the most urgent calls to police each year still leave victims waiting 30 minutes or more for help. Hundreds wait longer than an hour.

A 7 Action News investigation reveals that, over a 20-month period, 650 priority one calls took more than 60 minutes to receive a response. The calls include reports of active shootings, rapes in progress, felonious assaults, armed robberies, armed attacks from the mentally ill and suicides in progress.

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do, they can send a lot of help your way, but that help won’t arrive in an instant. In some cases you will wait a very long time. If all you plan to do is call 911, you might want to rethink that strategy.

They Suffered a Breakdown of the Victim-selection Process

Man targeted in carjacking fatally shoots attacker on Detroit’s west side.

Police said two men rushed up on a 33-year-old homeowner who pulled up to a home and tried to rob him. Police originally said the intended victim grabbed a gun from one of the men, but they have since said the victim went into the home and grabbed a gun.

The 33-year-old shot and killed one of the robbers, officials said.

They drove off in the victim’s SUV, but dumped it a short distance away. They guy who wasn’t shot ran like a rabbit. Police haven’t caught him.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Detroit Cops REALLY Don’t Want the Public to Know Response Times

But then the head cop is a politician – as most of them are. Part 3: Anatomy of a Murder Scene: What Happened That Night on Detroit’s West Side.

“Stay in your lane.”

It was an extraordinary command from Detroit Police Chief James Craig last November, responding to criticism leveled by the president of the firefighters union.

The FD union chief was complaining about police response to an active murder scene.

Not only did Detroit Firefighters Association president Mike Nevin not stay in his lane, he doubled down, releasing internal police documents that show it took police the better part of an hour to respond to an active murder scene. A scene where panicked firefighters were pinned down.

Craig assembled a press conference, where he claimed that police responded to the call in six minutes.

Six minutes sounds so much better than an hour. So of course for the crime of telling the truth, the head cop is going to “investigate” the union chief. Because we CAN’T allow the truth to get out.

A Politician Playing Fast and Loose With the Truth?

And it isn’t even Chicago. Detroit Dupes Public on Crime: Police Response Slows as 911 Calls Spike. (This is only Part 1 of a 2 part series.)

The mayor and the chief of police are congratulating themselves on declining response times to 911 calls. But analysis of the raw data tells a somewhat different story.

A computer analysis of the records shows police are taking longer to respond to priority one calls, which are for the most violent and urgent crimes. In 2018, the average response times for priority one calls increased to 14 minutes and18 seconds, up from the previous year’s 13 minutes and12 seconds.

Response times to priority two calls, which typically involve emergencies such as robberies and hit-and-run crashes, reached a whopping 54 minutes and 42 seconds.

Now, to be fair, it is much better than a few years ago when it took Detroit Police about 30 minutes to respond to a priority 1 call, but a lot of REALLY bad things can happen in 14 minutes.

It isn’t the cops fault…

Consider this: The department’s ranks have shrunk about 25 percent since 2008, even as the number of 911 calls continue to climb. As 911 calls mount, DPD has 160 unfilled vacancies for street cops.

And “police runs” were up 39% in 2018 over 2017. It is an impossible situation. So cops spend less time investigating, and as result make fewer arrests. So of course violent crime is up.

Given the situation in Detroit, (low pay, slashed benefits) it is hard to recruit, and rookies get a few years of experience, and head for the suburbs – where they get paid more and it is safer. (That sounds familiar somehow.)

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He probably thought 2 women were easy targets. He was wrong. Police: Detroit woman shoots, kills man during home invasion Sunday.

A mother and her adult daughter were on there way to church. An unknown idiot grabbed the homeowner by the coat. He was “asked” to leave. He didn’t leave.

fter asking him to leave, the women went inside the house and the man followed them. The homeowner fired off two rounds of gunshots at the man, who is now dead, police say. The man is in his thirties and was shot in the chest at least once, police say.

Self-defense is a human-right.

4-day Response to 911 Call May Be a Record

Un-Freakin’-Believable. She called 911 when her daughter was attacked; Detroit police arrived 4 days later.

On average, Detroit cops get to a 911 call in 12 minutes. That was 30 minutes (on average) just a few years ago. But aside from the fact that bad things can happen in 12 minutes, you should remember that sometimes people are going to wait longer. In this case, it was much longer.

She called 911 when her daughter’s boyfriend was beating the daughter. No one showed up that day. She called multiple times, talked to dispatchers, talked to supervisors. No one showed up. The attacker came back again. The original call was made on Saturday.

Detroit police didn’t arrive at the west side home until the following Wednesday afternoon, a full four days and 34 minutes after the first call to 911.

Assistant Chief James White made no excuses when he spoke with WXYZ television station about the delay last week.

They have offered the girl who was attacked, an apology. But this kind of thing can happen to anyone. Mistakes were made, but humans make mistakes. You should not assume that 911 is going to come to your aid every time.