Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Response Time

I recently found this article, courtesy of Sailor Curt.

I am exceedingly glad that the officer will recover. I am encouraged to read how the residents of the community came together to help the police. I believe the residents of Chesapeake, Virginia should be proud of their police department.

And yet, there is something that caught my attention in the story. The incident began with a kidnapping.

"The incident in the usually quiet neighborhood was over in about 45 seconds, Hunter said.

Four or five witnesses immediately called police on cell phones, he said. An off-duty Norfolk officer in an unmarked car arrived within two minutes."

Police do an awesome, and at times thankless, job. But, as has been said before, they cannot be everywhere at once.


1. The critical incident was over in 45 seconds and the attacker and victim were gone.
2. Police were not called until the incident was over (and the attacker and victim were gone).
3. An off-duty officer who happened to hear the dispatch over the radio arrived 2 minutes after the police were called. Uniformed, on-duty officers arrived some unspecified time later.
4. Which still puts them on scene about three minutes after the incident was over (assuming it took the callers 15 seconds to:
A. Recover from the shock.
B. Take out a cell phone
C. Render it usable (flip open, unlock, etc...)
D. Dial 911.
E. Be connected.
F. Give the call-taker sufficient information to relay to the dispatcher.

The police did an awesome job in this case. I am not being critical of them at all. They arrived fast, and reacted fast.

And yet, I cannot responsibly place the entire burden of my personal and family protection on the shoulders of the police. Such expectation is not fair to them, and besides, I just may not have that much time.


Bob S. said...


Thanks you've provided me with the letter "R" for my Why do I carry post.

Lawyer said...

Hey,didn't even think of that! Great idea!