Thursday, January 07, 2016

Mapping 911 Response Times

The Seattle Times has carried out a detailed investigation into the geography of police response times in Seattle. Their investigation reveals that where you live and what type of crime you report can have a big impact on the speed it takes the police to respond to your 911 call.

How long is too long to wait for help when you call 911? includes a choropleth map which allows you to view the average 911 response times in different neighborhoods in the city for different types of reported crime. The police's response times appear to be quickest for those who live in the Pike/Pine neighborhoods and near Seattle University. The slowest response times are in the North Beach/Blue Ridge section of Northwest Seattle.

In terms of the type of crime reported then the quickest responses by the police were to reports of an officer in need of help. The slowest response times were for 911 calls about domestic-violence assaults and violations of restraining orders.
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