Saturday, March 26, 2011

In Case of Emergency

I've posted before on the average response time for police in this city.   7 minutes.  Count them out and imagine you are depending on them for your protection...

Of course, that's seven minutes after the call taker takes your call, sends it to dispatch, and they radio it out.

Then again, they have to answer the phone first.

Woman put on hold after calling 911.

True, this was just a vehicle on fire, but ...

Just hang in there, baby, someone will be by soon to rescue you.  In the meantime, please enjoy the music while your party is reached.


wolfwalker said...

... and remember that that's the average response time. By definition, half the responses will take longer. Some will take much longer.

Lawyer said...

Right! Of course, they claim that they come really, really fast for the important ones.

Eric said...

Wolfwalker defined "median," not "average."

There could be many fast responses, but the average could be dragged down by a few really slow ones.

And the other way around, of course. Possibly much more likely.

But of course the average -- and the calls that are faster than average -- are irrelevent. What is important is that there are some, perhaps many, responses that are slower than 7 minutes. That's the time you have to be able to defend yourself.

A few years ago there was a Chicago lawyer who put the number of calls the city 911 answered, how long it took, etc. What he was highlighting was that a large number of them (I think on the order of 20%) were never answered at all.

The city leaned on him to take it off line, because terrorists might use it to plan their deeds. Had nothing to do with the fact he was suing them on behalf of someone whose house and family burned because the 911 call was never answered.

Lawyer said...

One other thing to add, Eric, is that the whole response time issue does not come into play until either the incident is over and the victim can reach the cell phone, or onlookers can pull their eyes away from the train wreck enough to try to connect.

Either way, not a good scenario.

Amanda Kines-Phillips said...

I'm new to your blog and I love this post but even more so, the comments. Here in my small, rural South Georgia town, you'll be dead, murdered or kidnapped by the time they get to you!

Lawyer said...

Amanda: I think that's one difference (among many) between rural life and city life. Those who live in rural areas accept the idea of self-sufficiency better than those in the city. In the city, you can have services that wake you up, cook breakfast, take you to work, bring you home, cook dinner, etc... So it can be strange to even think of taking your own defense into your hands.

My parents grew up on a farm in Puerto Rico. If they didn't have it, they made it. The closest city was too far to matter, so they were responsible for everything.

Thanks for stopping by!