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How long it takes for the police to arrive after you dial 911

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by gtmerkley, Jul 13, 2008.

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  1. gtmerkley

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    They tell us that a gun is not necessary for self defense that we should dial 911. What I would like to know is how meany of you have had to call 911 for the police and how long did it take for them to get there. I called two times the first time it took 45 minutes the second time 22 minutes. They came as soon as they could but they were swamped could most people hold out that long?
     
  2. nj.piney

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    when i lived in the pine barrens in n.j. it took 45 min. for state police to arrive. local police closed shop at midnight. im in tn. now and response time should be about 20 min or three mags whichever comes first.
     
  3. Guy B. Meredith

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    Are we counting the redial after the busy signal and the hold time or just from the time a conversation with the operator begins?
     
  4. Rustynuts

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    Just in time for the pics and body bag. You have to chose whose it will be, yours or the BG's!

    As proven in a D.C. case, even if the LEO get the 911 in time, they have NO DUTY to protect any individual citizen. I'm sure most will actually help if they arrive in time and see something, but in the D.C. case they left without fully investigating and the woman was murdered.
     
  5. RickH

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    About two minutes. You can walk to the police station in 5 minutes though.
     
  6. CWL

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    The central police station is about 1 mile from my home. They'd probably respond pretty quickly.

    I would dial "911" right after I grab my gun.
     
  7. rainbowbob

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    Maybe...if they were properly armed.
     
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    I've called 911 a few times to report incidents in the neighborhood. Response time has usually been 3-5 minutes.
     
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    In the patrol district in which I live, the average response time to a top priority call is supposedly about 4-1/2 minutes (according to the Sheriff's Office website).
     
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    I love it when you dial, and then the city dispatcher transfers to the county dispatcher and then both dispatchers start arguing over whose territory it is. I gave them S*** and hung up.(Situation was a single vehicle accident while raining. Fortunately the driver was fine w/o injury) At least the county police came to the accident. I am happy I live in the unincorporated area as the police come from farther away but are faster than the city.
     
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    If I remember correctly, I saw a statement from the US DOJ that the average violent crime lasted about 20 seconds and the average police responce time was 7 minutes. It didn't take me long to do the math on that one.
     
  13. Zoogster

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    That sounds about right.

    Most violent crime is very fast. A robbery where the perp either tries to grab something like cash, valuable items, a purse etc Or they demand such things be given to them, take them and run.
    Some of those times involve a stabbing or a shooting, but still take close to the same amount of time from start to finish.


    Placing a 911 call requires you to be in a safe position for 10-20 seconds to make the call, get through and report the incident. Grabbing a firearm or unholstering one takes anywhere from a split second to a couple seconds.

    Once the 911 call is made it requires a good 3 minutes minimum in places near a station and 15-20 minutes in some rural locations (even 45min-1 hour in some.)

    In the wilderness or remote locations a signal can not even exist, and police may not actualy figure out or be able to reach where the call came from if it does get through for hours or days.

    5-10 minutes would be a good average. Several minutes after most crimes are over, and they can try to pick up a trail and bring them to justice, after the fact.

    Of course that requires the person to make the call to begin with. If someone only has a few seconds, that much time would be better spent actualy stopping the crime by retrieving a firearm than insuring someone arrives soon to get a victim/witness statement if you are still alive.
    Obviously doing both is even better if you have time for both.

    Retrieve firearm, then call 911 if there is still time.
    You are responsible for you. You have nobody else you can rely on to protect you or family besides yourself. Police protect society not individuals.
    If you are unable to protect yourself or family you have nobody else to blame except yourself, or those who imposed laws that prevented you from doing so.

    Another thing to consider, even once they arrive they are not going to break into your home or location prior to assessing the situation and having backup. Nor would we want them to break into our homes and possibly kill us thinking they are defendin the good guy.
    So the response time is not the same as the amount of time before they will actualy assist you if you are being victimized.
     
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    In any case.... too long
     
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    Whats 911? :)


    We dont have it, nor do we have cell service at our house. We also dont have "street" address's, main reason we dont have 911.

    State Police response time varies. Last I saw 10-15 minutes was a good estimate. Depends on where they are in or out of the county when the call comes in.

    The JPFO has it right...."Dial 911 and die".

    They dont have to come at all, and you have no recourse against them if they dont. They have given themselves immunity.
     
  16. Rustynuts

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    Just add a one and dial "1911" first!
     
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    When I lived in the Detroit area about 10-12 years ago, a woman dialed 911 several times, the cops never came and she was killed.

    The Chief of Police (McKenna, as I recall) was interviewed on the news and asked, "What is the average response time for a 911 call?"

    His answer? "I don't know the average response time for a 911 call."

    I expected a real cop to show up and arrest him for impersonating a Chief of Police, but no such luck.
     
  18. chauncey

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    I lived for several years in a college town, in a Mid-Atlantic state, where no less than 4 police departments had jurisdiction - State, County, City and University. I called the police on 4 occasions, and on 3 of those occassions I had the perpetrator standing in front of me - and the police were informed of this.

    average response time was 35-45 minutes. that's a long time to stand there and look at some thug, especially when I wasn't equipped with a firearm on any of these occasions.

    they were always very appreciative and thankful for my help when they got there, but I never had the guts to ask them what the heck took so long.
     
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    Where I lived before they put you on "hold":mad:
    +1 for Guy B. Meredith
     
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    I live in such a small county that we do not have any officer on duty 24/7 we have " on call " status for our officers . So response time can range anywhere from 2 or 3 minutes to 30 or 45 minutes depending on if anyone is actually dressed and out in a vehicle as well as where in the county i call from . For a lot of the places i work ( just our property ) i believe most likely we will have an officer to the nearest main crossroads ( one of the two east west highways which we run from 2.5 to 20 miles off of ) in inside 20 minutes if they hustle and run hard . Finding a lot of where i exist will take upwards of an hour to an hour and a half at best . But i dont blame the agencys , its a fact of life out here in the sticks .
     
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    45 minutes to the ranch house, if they have a map to find it.


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    Small town with a big police force. They get here in under 10 minutes. Seen it happen. :D Gun's for defending myself and the wife if he comes through the locked bedroom door. Phone's for defending my stereo in the living room.
     
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    Depends on the type of call and how much stress you're under. It may only take 5min but depending on you're level urgency it could seem like hours.
     
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    last time it took about 45 seconds. but that was only because the sub station was 2 blocks away

    it was a good thing too. the incident stemmed around me and a friend nearly being assaulted by some unruly skinheads
     
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