How Many Patrols Per 1000 Residents?
I was curious how many patrol cars do you think should be operating at the same time per 1000 residents, in towns with low crime and less than 100,000 people.
Also, how many minutes is your response time typically, when a 911 domestic squabble call for help is made, if there is no immediate indication of an active fight (i.e., the 911 operator did not hear screaming in the background)?
I'm asking because it was revealed this weekend that a Domestic squabble and wife's 911 call in our town had a 13-minute response time. When officers arrived, both man and wife were dead, both shot in the head (murder/suicide). 13 minutes sounds a little slow to me, even when not running code, so I suspect we just don't have enough patrols when Murphy's Law strikes. Of course who knows if a quicker response would have made any difference, but the man called 911 back 10 minutes after the wife called, to report her death (it wasn't till then that they went code, but hindsight is 20/20).
We only have from 1 to 2 patrols per 10,000 residents active at the same time, depending on time of day. If they're pulled off to back up units in another beat, then their beat is uncovered during that time, since sometimes they don't have floaters available. Also, this was in a less-populous beat, and also the largest beat, so it is concievable that the officer was just at the wrong end of the beat when the call came in.
I don't know if that's what happened here, but does that sound like an acceptable number of officers even for a low-crime area? Perhaps we should always have two cars per beat (each beat is approx. 10,000 residents).