NYPD slower response times

April 19, 2009 2:14:47 PM PDT
New York City police are taking longer to respond to serious crimes. According to NYPD data, more than half the city's 75 precincts took longer to respond to "critical" calls last year than they did in 2007.

Although many precincts saw only slight increases, others had more significant spikes in average response time, including a 42-second increase at the 100th Precinct in Queens, and a 38-second hike at Manhattan's 13th Precinct.

Average citywide response times rose by 4 seconds to 4 minutes and 10 seconds. Response times in Staten Island decreased an average 7 seconds, but its precincts had among the city's slowest response times in the city at over 5 minutes.

Police spokesman Paul Browne acknowledges the slower response times but says they're significantly better than a decade ago.


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