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Bud Fox
01-26-2010, 7:06 PM
Just curious, do these numbers exist? And what I'm asking for is the length of time from calling 911 and the police showing up. As an example, my mom is home alone and she hears the glass at the back of her house break. Calls 911, how long does it take for the police to show up? I'd think that those numbers would be used for self preservation, fending off a home invaders.

Most times, especially in home invasion etc, the police are there just to write a report. I'd think this could be used to promote gun ownership.

Librarian
01-26-2010, 7:26 PM
There are such things, but generally they are kept only at the agency level - no one aggregates them in public.

WRITE your local police agency and ask. Those are also sometimes thought to be a bit of an embarrassment, so they don't get a lot of publicity.

tyrist
01-26-2010, 7:29 PM
Most departments keep track of their response times.

JDoe
01-26-2010, 7:35 PM
Do a search for cv06107.pdf it is still in Googles cache but I can't find it on the Bureau of Justice Stats site yet...

Basically the police will arrive to the address of a violent crime within 5 minutes of the call 26.6% of the time.
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Found it! Looks like they wasted more of our tax dollars and had someone rename the files. Remember folks, never confuse re-organization with progress!

Look at Table 107: Percent distribution of incidents where police came to the victim, by police response time and type of crime

http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/cvus06.pdf

More reports at http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=gsearch

Sutcliffe
01-26-2010, 7:48 PM
I think Bay Area Law Enforcement has a policy of getting assistance, on scene, within 5 minutes of recieving the call in half of all cases.
There are some urban areas that are so bad you can be put on hold or hear a busy signal when you have an emergency.
There is a saying that some neighborhoods can get a pizza delivered faster than a patrol car can show up. Truly pathetic.

dantodd
01-26-2010, 8:16 PM
I suspect that response times are public documents that you could request from local agencies.

JDoe
01-26-2010, 8:40 PM
Just curious, do these numbers exist? And what I'm asking for is the length of time from calling 911 and the police showing up. As an example, my mom is home alone and she hears the glass at the back of her house break. Calls 911, how long does it take for the police to show up? I'd think that those numbers would be used for self preservation, fending off a home invaders.

Most times, especially in home invasion etc, the police are there just to write a report. I'd think this could be used to promote gun ownership.

Hi Bud, I just read that last paragraph of yours and agree somewhat with you. I think that stats like these can be used with other verifiable information to convince those who are willing to honestly listen and if necessary check the stats themselves.

GrizzlyGuy
01-27-2010, 8:20 AM
Try this search (http://www.google.com/search?q=police+response+time+statistics) and this one (http://www.google.com/search?q=average+police+response+time).