Response times- city to city E-mail
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According to a recent article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta police were the slowest to answer high-priority emergency calls among police departments from seven similar-sized cities. The results were part of a survey of police response times. In Atlanta last year it took, on average, 11 minutes and 12 seconds from the time a high-priority 911 call was received until an Atlanta police officer showed up at the scene. The response times reported by the El Paso (Texas) Police Department were only one second quicker than Atlanta’s, with an average of 11 minutes and 11 seconds.

The Denver Police Department posted a response time of 11 minutes flat. According to the Journal Constitution story, police in Tucson, Ariz., responded, on average, in 10 minutes and 11 seconds.

Police in Kansas City, Mo., and Oklahoma City posted average response times of less than 10 minutes. In Nashville-Davidson County, police recorded average response times below 9 minutes.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution compared police departments responsible for similar-sized populations in comparable-sized areas. The cities compared had to have similar-sized police departments and similar definitions for high-priority calls.

The agencies studied also needed technology in place to track response times using the same methodology. Atlanta police Deputy Chief Pete Andresen defended the city’s response time while also saying the department is trying to speed up its arrival to high-priority emergency calls.

“Obviously, we want the times to go down,” Andresen said. Andresen cited several factors that slow officers down, such as traffic congestion and communication between officers and police dispatchers.

Asked to elaborate, he said he was referring to “getting proper information” from dispatchers to officers.

Criminal justice professor Robbie Friedmann of Georgia State University said that Atlanta’s response time is “not unreasonable” when compared with the other cities.

He added that it takes longer than the public likely thinks to respond to 911 calls.


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written by ariel, December 01, 2010
So, what's the date on this article? The text says, "last year," but provides no time reference.
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written by Donna Bradley, May 15, 2013
What is the underlying data source?
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written by Rob.G, August 12, 2013
Response time for a .40 S&W is roughly 1100 feet per second.
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written by Jeff Axup, January 04, 2014
This article should be pulled. You can't write articles that reference other sources of data without posting references to the source. It is also important that you date your stories, because the statistics change. This article is being referenced elsewhere and it is basically spreading unsubstantiated rumors. APB you need to do better.

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