A lot of really bad things can happen in an hour. Flint police response times approach 1 hour for most-serious 911 calls | MLive.com
FLINT, MI – The time it takes police to respond to the most-serious 911 calls in Flint has more than doubled over a six-month timeframe this year.
Wait times were 21 minutes in January for about 3000 priority 1 calls, and about 58 minutes in July for 2200 calls.
The definition of priority 1 calls:
Priority-one calls are categorized by dispatchers as the most-serious situations and include incidents like shootings, stabbings, domestic violence and other critical requests for help.
There are reasons for the delay, and they are spelled out in the article. But debating the state of law enforcement in Flint isn’t what I’m about.
Calling 911 is a fine thing to do, assuming you can call BEFORE bad things happen. (You need to be aware, but that is another story.) But if your only action is to call 911 and wait to be rescued, you may be waiting for some time. You may wait for the rest of your life. Calling 911 is a fine thing to do, but it would help if you had another option. It could be anything from pepper spray to firearms, but whatever your other option is, you need to think about it in advance.