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New Report Shows NYPD Response Times Getting Worse

May 12, 2019 - 11:19 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A new report shows it's taking longer for the NYPD to dispatch officers to 911 calls.

According to a report from the city’s Independent Budget Office, the citywide average increase from 48 seconds between 2014 and 2018 to just under four minutes.

Former NYPD Lieutenant John Comiskey, now a professor at Monmouth University, says sometimes seconds can mean saving someone’s life.

Comiskey says some of the worst dispatch times are in the Bronx, which he finds surprising.

“Typically they'll actually have officers closer to the scene, because their precincts are smaller and they typically have more officers,” Comiskey said.

The highest average belongs to the 47th Precinct in the Wakefield section, which is at 8 minutes.

Comiskey says more officers getting diverted to community policing initiatives could be part of the problem.

“That's your juggling act. That takes man power away from officers that can actually respond,” Comiskey said.

John Jay College professor and former NYPD officer Eugene O'Donnell says the overarching problem here is how much digging had to be done to find these numbers.

“This is a department that I think is notoriously opaque. You really don’t know what’s going on in there,” O'Donnell said.

In a statement, the NYPD said response times to crimes in progress have gone down, but reducing responses to all 911 calls is still a priority.