This is why we carry. Show this to the next person who says you can just call 911.
A home invasion victim in Dallas, Texas – only being referred to as “Jamie” – called police and had to wait an hour and twenty-seven minutes for them to arrive.
Jamie said he was lying in bed when he heard footsteps and then his worst nightmare happened. He heard the intruder telling him not to move.
He felt the barrel of a gun against the back of his head.
The 65-year-old told WFAA, “[The suspect] kept saying, ‘Where is the safe?’ and I would say, ‘I don’t have the safe’ and he would press [the gun] into my head.”
When the suspect left the room, Jamie called police.
The hour and twenty-seven minutes it took for them to arrive must have felt like an eternity.
Jamie’s call is what the Dallas Police Department labels a “Priority 2” call. Such calls are currently “being answered in about 22 minutes,” but Officer Nick Novello said, “In many instances, Priority 2 calls can be held for 30 minutes or up to three or four hours.” The response time for Jamie fell right between Dallas PD’s 22 minute norm and the four hours to which Novello alluded.
WFAA quoted identified officers who indicated “there are frequently dozens of serious calls holding with no one available to answer.”
Over 260 officers have left the Dallas PD since October. They now have around 3,160 officers, which is 500 less than what the force had five years ago.
Interim Dallas Police Chief David Pughes said, “I think we’re at the point now where we need to be concerned.”
Officer Novello said, “I suspect we are going to have a very long, hot and dangerous summer for both police, firefighters — and especially for the citizens.”
Do you have a shortage of officers in your area?
Even if you don’t, are you willing to chance it?