When seconds count

In Knoxville:

KPD officers clocked the longest average response time – 13 minutes and 13 seconds. But police believe that’s more a sign of a technological gap than of foot-dragging.

Thirteen minutes is a long time, particularly if you’re fighting for your life.

14 Responses to “When seconds count”

  1. Flighterdoc says:

    Yeah….when seconds count, the police are (on average) only 13 minutes away….

    What exactly is the ‘technology gap’ that is causing this pitiful performance?

  2. DirtCrashr says:

    Thirteen minutes is enough time to bleed-out.

  3. Jay G. says:

    Thirteen minutes is a long time, particularly if youíre fighting for your life.

    I prefer to think of it as “Thirteen minutes is a long time, particularly if the goblin is bleeding out”…

  4. Gunstar1 says:

    The article says that the clock starts when the phone is picked up.

  5. BobG says:

    Thirteen minutes? Hell, in that amount of time, not only could you bag the goblin, but you could draw the chalk outlines around the body for the police while you’re waiting.

  6. John Smith says:

    When your life can end in milliseconds minutes are forever.

  7. Lyle says:

    “But police believe thatís more a sign of a technological gap than of foot-dragging.”

    That’s the universal response, usually in the form of “we need more resources”.

    Ever hear that response from, say, your local restaurant, or auto shop? “Yeah, we screwed up your meal (car, etc) but we’d be doing a lot better work if we were paid more. Yeah. That’ll get my business.

    or

    Your boss brings you into his office for a chat about your job performance, and how much it’s been sucking;
    “Billybob, you’ve been sleeping on the job, so we’re going to have to let you go.”

    “But Boss, all you have to do is raise my salary, then you’ll see some productivity out of me.”

    See; in the real world, performance comes before the raise, whereas in the public sector, poor performance is the reason for the raise. “Our school is graduating kids that can’t read, we’d better give them more money…”

  8. justaguy says:

    himm it only takes my MP5SD .5 seconds …. and thats at 600 feet (assuming 9mm at 1200 fps)

    And hell it even makes less noise. Buy the time the cops show up I have made coffee and stopped the bleeding……………

    …… from spreading all over the floor.

  9. T F Stern says:

    Having worked the street as a night shift cop in Houston, my average response, from the time a call was dispatched to the time I arrived was about 6-8 minutes; not too bad for the area I was given to cover. I have no idea how long those call were held waiting for a unit to become available; we were short handed then and they still are. My hats off to any police officer working the street.

    That having been said, “When seconds count, the police will be there in minutes”, isn’t a very comforting thought, now is it? A well armed citizenry will do more for the safety of that citizenry than any well equipped police department. Retired and armed.

  10. justaguy says:

    I love my local police folk. They have allways been good to the people of this city. I have at least one or two over for coffee (because of the toys … not because they are called out obviously) but that being said I know they have thier limitations. They are just people like us and can’t be everywhere all the time.

    Its like I allways tell people “I carry a gun because I can’t carry a cop around.” keep in mind I also say “I need a 10 round mag and an extra mag because I am a bad shot”

    The last one I reserve for the brady bunch folks… its great to see the shock on thier faces.

    I also like to throw out the “this isn’t a gun … its a high speed post-natal abortion machine” I love saying that to liberals

  11. Justthisguy says:

    “longest average.” What does that mean, exactly? Can haz data, plzkthnx? Yaknow, lies, damn’ lies, statistics, Global Warming?

  12. Rabbit says:

    In 13 minutes you could trench out enough to take care of the problem with a Ditch Witch, even in rocky soil, provided it’s in good tune and enough fuel.

    Hey, goblin is compostable.

    Regards,
    Rabbit.

  13. monkeyfan says:

    Wow! Only thirteen minutes!

    They would be given a distinguished service medal in the Virgin Islands…For showing up.

  14. Crotalus says:

    Thirteen minutes. When it’s your life on the line, the cause of the delay is moot. You’d better have a gun that you know how to shoot.