VPD report: 17.9% slower 911 response 0
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Vancouver police say more 911 calls, construction and the congestion that comes with it is to blame for why the department has been responding to emergency calls 17.9% slower than a year ago.
As of the department’s third quarter, calls termed “priority one” — where police are driving with lights and sirens — took an average of 11 minutes and 28 seconds, a whole minute longer than a year ago in the same quarter.
Even police staff members are baffled at the slower responses.
“From a statistical perspective, I have more questions than answers at this stage,” said planning, research and audit director Drazen Manojlovic, who added that anecdotally, he’s heard officers have been running into summer construction delays.
Chief Const. Jim Chu said the department has been seeing 10% more top-priority calls in the same time.
“So that explains a lot of it,” he said. “When there’s more priority one calls, then it does take longer to respond because there’s so many of them.”