It took 20 minutes for Austin Police to respond to a deadly stabbing on January 3, 2020.
Austin police said they received a call reporting a man with a large rock was verbally threatening people at Bennu Coffee on Congress around 7:50 a.m. When an officer arrived, about twenty minutes later, the suspect was being held down by customers inside.
Last week I wrote about how taking (immediate) action saves lives. In that, I noted how the latest data I’m aware of put APD’s average response time at 8 minutes.
Which means your situation might take longer.
Like 12 minutes longer…
“According to Emergency Communications Standard Operating Procedures for Priority 2 calls, dispatchers should send the two closest available units within five minutes of the call entering the queue. This did not occur and is part of the internal review,” police said in a statement.
I’m not going to get too hard on APD, dispatch, 911, whomever. Everyone involved is human, and that means mistakes can happen. It means that sometimes things just won’t go ideally.
This comes at a time when the department has 180 vacancies and the city council is considering canceling a cadet class of 80 officers in June.
which is only going to serve to increase response times…
And when you consider the stabbing was only prevented from getting worse because people in the immediate vicinity took swift decisive action…
Truly, the only way you’ll see response times go down is to learn how to become a first responder.
(and ensure politicians don’t prevent or prohibit us from doing so).