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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:48 PM

How long is the average police response time for an emergency where you live?

or at least what is your best guess?

For me living in a small suburban town, probably 5-10 minutes depending the time of day, where the officer assigned to my part of town is and if he is already involved in something.

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Reply How long is the average police response time for an emergency where you live? (Original post)
Lurks Often Jan 2013 OP
ZombieHorde Jan 2013 #1
NRaleighLiberal Jan 2013 #2
DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav Jan 2013 #3
marybourg Jan 2013 #9
DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav Jan 2013 #22
MichaelHarris Jan 2013 #38
DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav Jan 2013 #41
MadrasT Jan 2013 #48
MichaelHarris Jan 2013 #69
OffWithTheirHeads Jan 2013 #4
Fla_Democrat Jan 2013 #12
OffWithTheirHeads Jan 2013 #15
OffWithTheirHeads Jan 2013 #19
Kolesar Jan 2013 #51
Old Codger Jan 2013 #24
OffWithTheirHeads Jan 2013 #37
Old Codger Jan 2013 #46
OneTenthofOnePercent Jan 2013 #42
OffWithTheirHeads Jan 2013 #47
SayWut Jan 2013 #44
forthemiddle Jan 2013 #64
jmg257 Jan 2013 #5
kenny blankenship Jan 2013 #6
Blue_In_AK Jan 2013 #7
Jack Sprat Jan 2013 #8
proud2BlibKansan Jan 2013 #10
Fla_Democrat Jan 2013 #11
nick of time Jan 2013 #13
femmocrat Jan 2013 #14
Gidney N Cloyd Jan 2013 #16
Nevernose Jan 2013 #17
Bay Boy Jan 2013 #55
ProgressiveProfessor Jan 2013 #18
dixiegrrrrl Jan 2013 #20
Liberal_in_LA Jan 2013 #21
kestrel91316 Jan 2013 #28
Liberal_in_LA Jan 2013 #29
kestrel91316 Jan 2013 #35
rollin74 Jan 2013 #23
alcibiades_mystery Jan 2013 #25
krispos42 Jan 2013 #26
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dimbear Jan 2013 #30
Flabbergasted Jan 2013 #31
HipChick Jan 2013 #32
Historic NY Jan 2013 #33
Iggo Jan 2013 #34
tularetom Jan 2013 #36
doc03 Jan 2013 #39
rbixby Jan 2013 #40
Marrah_G Jan 2013 #43
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MadHound Jan 2013 #49
TorchTheWitch Jan 2013 #50
hobbit709 Jan 2013 #52
graham4anything Jan 2013 #53
etherealtruth Jan 2013 #54
pintobean Jan 2013 #56
ileus Jan 2013 #57
blueamy66 Jan 2013 #58
melm00se Jan 2013 #59
Solly Mack Jan 2013 #60
MrYikes Jan 2013 #61
gollygee Jan 2013 #62
forthemiddle Jan 2013 #63
1-Old-Man Jan 2013 #65
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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:53 PM

1. I have no idea. I have never called emergency police,

and I don't know anyone else in my town who has either.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:53 PM

2. from past experience (with just little things like a car broken into), 5-10 min n/t

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:56 PM

3. I wouldn't call them. They don't get there till after the fact anyway. What's the reason fo calling.

 

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Response to DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:21 PM

9. In case you need to make an insurance claim; or in case whatever

caused the emergency recurs and you discover a person was at fault and you wish to take action.

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Response to marybourg (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:55 PM

22. In the state I live in, you fill out report forms online for things like theft and so on. You get

 

the report number online for your insurance. Police job is to give tickets to generate revenue for the state and to protect and serve Walmart and other corporations by arresting those who might offend them.. There are two sets of laws. One for the rich, one for the rest of us.

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Response to DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:02 AM

38. Sheesh

you call them because they may kill the family in next house they break into. Damn man, think outside your own bubble, there is a whole society outside your own.

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Response to MichaelHarris (Reply #38)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:21 AM

41. Did you not read my post. The police don't come for home burglaries.

 

You fill out a form online and the cop might call you within 5 days. How is that going to help the next family's home they break into? It's a total waste of time to fill out the form unless you're going to make an insurance claim and if you do that your rates go up. No thanks, I'll pass.

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Response to DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav (Reply #41)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 06:37 AM

48. Depends where you live.

Police sure do come for home burgalaries in places I've lived. And a lot of rural police forces do not have fancy websites with forms online.

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Response to MadrasT (Reply #48)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 03:54 AM

69. my area also

I've never had to call but there were some car prowls in the area and the police were here in minutes. This whole, "the police don't come" is nothing more than a NRA/right-wing piece of cut bait used in trolling. I knew it when I saw it. I sure wish DU would do some house cleaning.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:56 PM

4. If I call 911, who knows? If I call 1911, about two seconds.

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:24 PM

12. A lot of people wont get that.













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Response to Fla_Democrat (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:33 PM

15. Yeah, I know.

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Response to Fla_Democrat (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:45 PM

19. A lot of people here think you can't be a liberal and own guns.

Surprise!

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Reply #19)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:20 AM

51. Yeah, DU is a horrible place

How can you stand participating here, sometimes?

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:58 PM

24. Right on

they have told us outright that we are pretty much on our own here but then I live on small ranch 40 miles from nearest decent sized town... so mine is 30-30 or model 19.

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Response to Old Codger (Reply #24)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:28 PM

37. Don't let them kid you. I've been here for a very long time

And there are a whole bunch of us that own guns. It's just not a popular topic right now. When black kids get shot it is just news. When white kids get shot, it's a crisis. Such is the nature of the beast.

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Reply #37)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 01:07 AM

46. you bet

can be dem and own guns too....

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:25 AM

42. HAHA! Well, I heard 1911 responds at nearly 800fps! nt

 

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Response to OneTenthofOnePercent (Reply #42)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 01:27 AM

47. And that is still sub-sonic.

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:40 AM

44. Even the fastest police cruiser (or race car), can't respond at 850 (roughly), fps.

 

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 10:14 AM

64. aint that the truth....

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:56 PM

5. Depends..what are you calling them for? nt

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:06 PM

6. top priority call, ATL, more than 11 minutes

on average from the time you call. In some cases of course it will be less, in some cases more.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:07 PM

7. I had the police arrive here for a burglary

before I even knew I was being burglarized. My neighbor was out on her deck having a smoke and noticed the guy trying to crawl in my daughter's window, and she called the police. I heard all the commotion in my back yard, called out "what's going on out there" and got the response, "this is a crime scene, ma'am, get back inside." Surprised the heck out of me. The perp was soon taken down by the K9, and we all lived happily ever after.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:14 PM

8. Thankfully I have never had a police emergency yet.

 

The response to 911 emergency health is about 10 minutes though, which I thought was pretty good. Especially since I lived to tell about it.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:22 PM

10. Less than 5 minutes

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:22 PM

11. 15-30 minutes

depending on if they have a deputy in this part of the county.








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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:25 PM

13. Anywhere from 15-25 minutes.

 

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:29 PM

14. Fortunately, I have never had to call them.

But we live out in the country, so we have to rely on the state police. Their HQ is about a half-hour away, or so. Maybe they could get here faster if they were patrolling nearby... don't know. Hope I never have to find out.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:37 PM

16. 5 minutes maybe for any 911 call. It's almost comical how fast they get here.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:39 PM

17. School police will be here in seconds

Unless its summer vacation, and if it's a serious, violent crime (I live across the street from a high school). Otherwise, probably less than three minutes (there's a station and a freeway entrance very close by).

I don't really worry about home invasions, though, because they're incredibly rare -- and according to the FBI, 95% of the time they're drug related. Plus I have dogs and a very loud alarm system.

Most importantly, I refuse to live in fear.

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Response to Nevernose (Reply #17)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 08:36 AM

55. That's good that you don't live in fear...

...but you take reasonable precautions. You have dogs that alert you of trouble an alarm system for when you are gone. I assume you lock your doors and have a phone in your bedroom at night.
All reasonable things to do.

Some people, myself included, take an extra precaution and have a weapon in the bedroom (pistol, shotgun, etc). It doesn't mean we live in fear either.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:44 PM

18. 30 minutes unless one is out my way

That is a Code 2 response

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:46 PM

20. Depends...

depends on what the complaint is
depends on what time of day or night and if it is a weekend

"shots fired" gets a faster response than "suspicious noise"

Our neighbor is the police dispatcher....that helps...if I report gunshots, I can give her all the info over the phone and the cops go to the area in question instead of coming to my house to get the info.
Yeah, we hear gunshots, from the drug area across the highway from us.

We are about 10 mins away from the police dept but of course the police are out cruising a lot in a mostly rural area.

My realistic expectation is that calling a neighbor for help is faster than a police arrival.

Oh, and our fire dept is all volunteer, but since the hydrant is at the end of my driveway, I got an insurance break on the premium. Realistically, the fire dept won't get here fast enough to save the house from a serious fire.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:46 PM

21. not sure. called 911 when woman fainted on sidewalk. no one answered.

phone rang and rang. Eventually she woke up, told us not to call for ambulance and someone helped her walk to her apartment.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #21)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:05 PM

28. Gotta love Los Angeles, eh?

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #28)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:07 PM

29. yep. At the time, the rumor was they didnt take calls from cell phones because too

many purse and butt calls. Not sure how things are now.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #29)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:18 PM

35. I suspect that got them sued and they changed.

EVERYBODY has cell phones, any many folks don't have landlines at all.

But they are notoriously bad about responding at all to minor to moderately bad crimes, and when they do, their attitude is always: "Yeah, so what do you want us to do about it?"

My response is always stunned silence and then: "Ummm, your JOB?? You know, like whatever your standard procedure is for taking a report and maybe even trying to figure out who did it??? Or going over there (pointing finger) and arresting the SOB??"

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:56 PM

23. I've called 911 3 times in the past couple of years

2 of those times multiple units arrived within 5-10 minutes

the other time there was a fatal shooting a few blocks away and units were understandably busy with that, so it took almost 30 minutes for them to arrive

calls were dispatched approx. 1-2 minutes after I hung up with the 911 operator

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:58 PM

25. 90 seconds to 3 minutes

Chicago, North Side.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:01 PM

26. Police time? Probably 2 minutes or less.

Well, assuming you start the timer when the operator is aware of an emergency and has my address.

Densely populated, affluent suburb with a fairly large population. The police force is significant. I'm not too far from two major local boulevards, off of an important secondary thru road, and if you drew a 1-mile circle around my house it would encompass 4, maybe 5 public schools and one private school.

Not that I've every had to call 911 for immediate police response, but they show up pretty fast even after calling the non-emergency number. Had to call them out on a sick skunk once.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:04 PM

27. An hour. Sometimes never. To their credit, sometimes 5 minutes,

but only if it's helicopter-worthy.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:07 PM

30. I would guess an hour. More in any sort of bad weather.

On a clear day I can see the sticks from here. I live outside the sticks.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:08 PM

31. 25 minutes till the police showed up to arrest a guy breaking into my neighbors house...

Give or take ten minutes I'd say.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:10 PM

32. Under 60 secs...


I was locked out, and trying to get into my own house ...3 cruisers showed up...

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:15 PM

33. My town of 36.5 sq miles has a 3-5 minute response & less...

when all 4 posts are manned by one dedicated unit. EMS averages the same or less with Paramedic fly cars & police responding

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:16 PM

34. Fuck if I know. I don't call the cops.

However, I do remember last year when the old guy across the street fell in his driveway and I called 911. Three fire trucks and an ambulance were there in about ten minutes, maybe less. (Southeast corner of Whittier CA, up against La Mirada and La Habra.)

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:22 PM

36. 30 to 45 minutes according to our former sheriff

He claimed he could no longer provide patrols to the entire county and those of us who lived in remote areas would just have to put up with a decreased level of service until the county dads gave him a few more bucks (which of course they don't have since he already gets about 80% of the general fund budget in the first place).

So since he just as much invited burglars to visit a large part of his county, virtually all of us who live in the affected areas have chosen to arm ourselves.

BTW he also claimed that the courts have held that it is not the reponsibility of the police to protect citizens from crime. And as much of a horses ass as the guy was, he is correct about that.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:03 AM

39. I am in a rural area and it's a big county, maybe

15 to 30 minutes or more.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:04 AM

40. Maybe 5 minutes?

I live like 3 blocks from the precinct though

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:27 AM

43. Minutes

I live in a small but densely populated city.

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Response to Marrah_G (Reply #43)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 01:05 AM

45. They don't staff our police department from midnight to 8am

So during that time, the sheriff would respond. I would assume within 15 min.

Probably less than 10 minutes when the police department is open.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 06:42 AM

49. Living out in the country, unless the sheriff or his deputies happen to be rolling by right outside,

 

Generally fifteen minutes, minimum. Given timing, weather conditions, what else is going on, could be anywhere from a half hour on up.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:17 AM

50. pretty much depends how close the nearest officer is

That can depend a lot of time of day, day of the week, or just flat out chance. I'm lucky that I live in a township that has an excellent police department with plenty of officers. Generally speaking, response time is really damn fast.


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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:23 AM

52. Don't know about police-never called them.

When I called EMS for Donna they were here in 3 minutes. When the people up the street called Fire, it was within 5 minutes.
I do believe the police showed up within five minutes when there was a robbery and attempted shooting across the street.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 08:03 AM

53. Mr. Trayvon Martin's asssassin was told immediately to stand down but Zimmy did not listen

 

Zimmy shot and killed coward style, with a gun and abullet, someone not bothering him
after quickly being told by police to back off.

The average ressponse in that case took the Federal justice department getting involved to see that justice was looked into

because Zimmy and his apparent obvious transparent lies looked to get away free and just have another dead black person in the USA

Thank God for Eric Holder and the Federal Justice Department.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 08:04 AM

54. Minutes

I live in an inner ring "suburb" ... response time is actually swift

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 08:38 AM

56. I've made a few calls

Car clotting and a hit and run on a parked car took a half hour to a couple of hours.
Shots fired took about two minutes and my neighbor's house was surrounded in about seven minutes.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 08:38 AM

57. Depends on what time of the day...10 minutes

That's the time it took to a B&E at our local clinic a few months back.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 08:39 AM

58. 1 and 1/2 hours when my terminally I'll Father went missing....

 

Thank goodness for the off-duty fireman in the town 40 miles South of us who found him and his car in a ditch the next morning. Worst 2 days of my life.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 08:40 AM

59. the national average appears to be

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 08:48 AM

60. Maybe 5 minutes.

If that long.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 09:21 AM

61. depends

Nasty neighbor (gone now) pushed a car into his pond with a woman inside. Sheriff was at the road. He came to the pond when yelled at. He waited to see if she would get out. He called for under water rescue who left town 5 minutes later. They got 1/2 way here and ran out of gas. Gas was brought and they returned to town to fill up and then drove here (12 miles). Woman was under water one hour when rescue got in the water. She was dead.
We don't call now.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 09:54 AM

62. Almost no time at all

Maybe a couple of minutes. My town is probably somewhere between suburban and rural. It doesn't take long to get from one part of town to another, and there are always a few cops on duty driving around.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 10:12 AM

63. The county sheriff has jurisdiction were I live

Our county encompassed 748 square miles, and on average they have 3-4 deputies on patrol at a time, so guesstimates range in the 30-60 minute time frame. 30 minutes if the deputies are patrolling your part of the county at that time.......

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 10:22 AM

65. days, if they come all

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 10:30 AM

66. It's a big county, so it depends on where they are. Anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes.

That's a long time.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 05:09 PM

67. Takes a bit under an hour to get to town, so that is the response time for cops in a best case

scenario. But this is a big area for them to cover, so it could be several hours depending upon where they are when the call comes in - could be hours, or for a lesser emergency, days.

We are expected to take care of things ourselves, if possible, until they are able to get here. If we cannot, or if someone doesn't wish to do so, then events will take their course without any immediate or sometimes even foreseeable police intervention. But the cops here are doing the best they can, as they do get here as soon as possible and I've seen that in action before in this area. So people tend to be pro-active about stopping a crime that would require a police call to resolve. And if you ask any local cop, he won't tell you to wait for them to arrive if you have the means to protect yourself. In fact, they tell you the opposite. So like most of our neighbors, we have insurance for these types of emergencies.

If it is a medical emergency, we are similarly on our own. So we bought insurance for those emergencies in the form of a local Life Flight program.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 05:17 PM

68. Depends really

 

If there's no traffic nearby, about 3-4 minutes, from my experience.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 04:05 AM

70. When a guy pointed a gun at me the response was incredible

I was driving to my brother's house a several years ago when a man walking down the street pulled a gun from his pocket and pointed it at me. I was only a block from my brother's place and I called it in as soon as I got there. The first squad car was there in about 2 minutes and within 10 minutes there were 4 squads on the scene searching for the guy. I live in Wisconsin's capitol, Madison.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 04:16 AM

71. On a good day, 15-30 minutes.

On a rainy day?

Much much longer.

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Response to Lurks Often (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 05:00 AM

72. Took the Indiana State Police

an hour and a half last Monday to investigate an accident I was involved in. I was three miles from the State Police headquarters.

Granted I wasn't going anywhere as I was broke down and the guy who caused the accident left the scene, but damn 1 1/2 hrs. . .

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