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    Backup ETA

    You get out on a call, traffic stop or any reason and end up in a fight, how far away is your backup, how long are you on your own before another officer arrives on-scene?

    In the county I am in backup could be as far off as 35-40 minutes "if" another officer is working.

    We were hanging out and talking and just thought it would be interesting to find out how long it takes in other departments.
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    C/O's make traffic stops? That's a seriously huge jail!


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    0 to 45 minutes.

    It took me 45 minutes to get to my partner one night. He fought some guy and called for Code 3 cover. Fortunately, I was the one in the boonies and he was closer to our neighboring station. The deputies from the other station got there in 15 or 20 minutes.

    In 10 minutes (5?, 4?, 3?, 1? minutes) the fight, gun battle, etc. is going to be over with one way or another. I tell my trainees they may have to take care of business on their own. I also tell them not to bite off more than they can chew (metaphorically speaking).

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    If we are all in the same zone, maybe 5 mins tops. We have two zones locally where it could easily be 20 mins or better.
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    countybear,

    No longer a C/O here, I moved to Home Incarceration so I get my share of calls to respond to, just included the traffic stops as an example which I probably did not need to..probably asking "how far off is your back-up" would have been enough lol. I ramble sometimes...darn, gonna stop now before I ramble.
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    and it always helps if the officer tells dispatch where he is before he gets out of the car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PCSD722 View Post
    countybear,

    No longer a C/O here, I moved to Home Incarceration so I get my share of calls to respond to, just included the traffic stops as an example which I probably did not need to..probably asking "how far off is your back-up" would have been enough lol. I ramble sometimes...darn, gonna stop now before I ramble.
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    To answer your question, it depends on the the day and hour. Sometimes within five minutes. Other times, 15-60 minutes. Small town and small county. I have had calls where the next county over shows up as back-up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PCSD722 View Post
    countybear,

    No longer a C/O here, I moved to Home Incarceration so I get my share of calls to respond to, just included the traffic stops as an example which I probably did not need to..probably asking "how far off is your back-up" would have been enough lol. I ramble sometimes...darn, gonna stop now before I ramble.
    No worries. I just had to take advantage.

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    7-15 minutes on a good day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by countybear View Post
    No worries. I just had to take advantage.

    After working for politicians for 23 years I fully expect someone to take advantage LOL
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    A minute or two, 4-5 min max if we are stretched out for some reason.
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    I love my district. I push the button and somebody will be there in probably 60 seconds or less. Go forward another minute, two minutes, three minutes and I'll have between 8-20 cars clogging up the block with flashing lights and cops jumping out salivating at the chance to get a piece of why the button was pushed.

    Its good to work in the big city =)

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    Up to 60 minutes or sometimes never. I work a 645 sq mile county with 1 or on a great night, 2 other officers, sometimes by myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by countybear View Post
    C/O's make traffic stops? That's a seriously huge jail!


    We don't do traffic stops but we do have back up calls. Most of our back ups are hands on without any weapons at our disposal until back up arrives, which can be the longest 2-3 minutes of your life. Remember Redman???

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    Depending on what part of the county your working and where your at in your area anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes. Backup could be another deputy, state trooper, state fish and game or a small city officer.

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    Less than 5

    Typically 30 seconds to 1 minute.

    On my shift (nights) we send two cars to every call. Whether it be a gun call, or barking dog, we send a minimum of two cars (single man cars)

    I'd say 50 percent of the time, we arrive at a call at the same time our backup does. We're rarely alone on calls.
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    On a good night: 30 seconds or less

    On a bad night: 2 minutes or so

    In the worst case: 5 minutes

    We stack the shit pretty deep around here sometimes, but it is nice to know that help is close. When we need 'em to "step it up" you can literally hear the sirens come on all around you... My district alone has 24 cars working for a few hours each evening, and never less than 12 cars... This is for an area of maybe 5 miles long by 4 miles wide (roughly)... Plus, when an officer is calling for help, we'll also draw in officers from one of three different nearby districts, and occasionally Aurora.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LawnMM View Post
    I love my district. I push the button and somebody will be there in probably 60 seconds or less. Go forward another minute, two minutes, three minutes and I'll have between 8-20 cars clogging up the block with flashing lights and cops jumping out salivating at the chance to get a piece of why the button was pushed.

    Its good to work in the big city =)
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    From as little as 5 minutes, although that's along time if your're hands on, to as long as 30 minutes.

    On a slightly different note, you can always tell a city cop from a rural one.
    The city cop is very quick to go hands on whereas the rural cop will spend much longer talking his offender into the cuffs.
    It is something which I have noticed over the years and is clearly born out of knowing how long you have to wait for backup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coloradocop View Post
    On a good night: 30 seconds or less

    On a bad night: 2 minutes or so

    In the worst case: 5 minutes
    that's about how we are. we're not that big of a city (about 60-70K) and we don't have that many officers working (as little as 4, as many as 15 on a weekend shift overlap), but our city is small in area and we all look out for one another pretty good...if i'm on a stop for more than about 5 minutes, it's not unusual to see another car either cruise by and see how i am.
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