A 911 response in Detroit takes how long?

You won't believe the wait time for police help. The city's financial crisis is taking a toll on emergency services.

By Kim Peterson Jul 9, 2013 1:52PM
The Motor City Casino and hotel is seen through a hole in the wall of an abandoned building along Grand River Avenue on May 1, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan (© Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)For some people in Detroit, calling 911 isn't an option anymore. That's because it takes too long for any help to arrive.

People have developed their own emergency response plans that often involve calling relatives or friends, The New York Times reports.

How bad is it? For the highest-priority crimes, Detroit police take about 58 minutes, on average, to answer 911 calls.

And what happens after police arrive is just as disappointing: The department has an 8.7% rate of solving cases.

The police response time is just one of the crucial municipal issues at stake as the city lurches toward bankruptcy. The city's new emergency financial manager has already pegged the chances of bankruptcy at about 50-50. If it happens, it would be a first for the country. Never has a city as large as Detroit declared bankruptcy, The New York Times reports.

The crime rate in Detroit, predictably, has skyrocketed. Detroit shows up repeatedly in the recent list of the 25 most dangerous neighborhoods in America compiled by NeighborhoodScout. The city is dealing with a vast number of abandoned homes and a high rate of poverty.

The city's new police chief, James Craig, started the job last week, and expectations are fairly low. Even Mayor Dave Bing said Craig faces a "hellacious" job, according to CBS. Craig will receive a $225,000 annual salary.

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Jul 9, 2013 2:38PM

It's just a shame how Detroit has been run into the ground by their leaders...this city has so much great potential...great waterfronts and wonderful suburbs around it....the people that are left in this city need to stop re electing gangsters to run their city......Kwami was a nightmare ...may he and all his gansta family and friends rot....hopefully the city will get beyond this and become a prosperous city once again.....


Jul 9, 2013 2:14PM
58 minutes AVERAGE? WOW. And that is for "highest priority" crimes. I can only imagine what it would be like for non-emergency.
Better get a gun if you are allowed. If not, perhaps a flare gun, spear gun, bat...just about anything.
Jul 9, 2013 4:32PM
When moments count, the police are about an hour away.

Arm yourselves!

Jul 9, 2013 3:45PM
detroit has been run by democrats and unions for decades.  this is no surprise
Jul 9, 2013 3:39PM
shame shame a once mighty industrial center built by the hardworking forefathers and industrial barrons so much infrastructure lost degradation of our history and prosperous times gone from inability to adapt co-operate co-exist
Jul 9, 2013 4:32PM
Jul 9, 2013 5:28PM
This is what happens when the men and women are punished for their ability by a union that steals money and harms business.

People don't need 1000 more dollars a year at the expense of companies losing millions and the ability to contribute back to society so that the society can then drop the ball on their city and make excuses.

Unions are a disease that have outlasted their purpose and only strip money to create an infrastructure that hurts everyone in the long run.

Is Detroit the example?

Jul 9, 2013 11:48PM
Just another dem run city going to hell in a hand bag.  Chicago is next and not very far behind.  L.A. is in a race with Chicago to see which one can go bankrupt first.  Then the riots and looting and murders and gang takeovers of entire suburbs.  Should be fun to watch from here.
Jul 9, 2013 9:01PM
  shows WHY the and HOW the city really went broke-and it is NOT a lack of money.  The insurers will get out of paying due to the info.
Jul 9, 2013 11:50PM
I thought all you lib scum contend the police will protect you, therefore you don't need guns for home defense.  Tell that to Detroiters were the ****ers will soon take over the entire city.
Jul 9, 2013 5:30PM
The number of minor calls (ingrown toe nail) far out number the need.
Sep 6, 2014 1:49PM
Just nod your heads and blame obama
Jul 9, 2013 4:10PM
Dam I would have though for sure Obama would have taken care of the people in Chicago! What happen I know there sure was a high turn out of people from Chicago to see him get re-elected. Well at least you can not blame it on a white man this time.
Jul 9, 2013 4:04PM
So... what happened to Detroit? Detroit... once the Motor City owes it's demise to Industrialists. Watch what continues to happen when our worst characters can influence politics and bleed a city for all it's worth and relocate without cleaning up the mess they made. We have- defunct auto plants and LOTS of commercial property too foul to build on. WHO is to blame? REPUBLICANS. You built it, you got to write off depreciation, you got tax deals, ordinances through influence and workforces that put quality into your product for a fair paycheck. Then YOUR family grew up and YOU burdened US with "junior". YOUR well-educated no-ethic lowlife financier-administrator who TOOK but forgot to pay the bill, turn the lights off or clean up the mess. We ALL live in Detroit, no matter where our actual residence is. It's a disease called GOP Capitalism... all for me regardless of what I promise or pretend to give. Kwame Kilpatrick, much like Barrack Obama was a arrogant egotistical lawyer who saw the failure as his time to shine on an old dime. In spite of and often compromising all those who aren't racists, who believe democracy works and are willing to do some... the cheap façade of over confidence under-ability with a side of enticement to the dark side... ruined a whole city. LOOK and pay really close attention... to LEAN RIGHT is to believe cold-hearted greedy cut throat bastards are loyal to their voters. READ YOUR HISTORY. You are very wrong. we have a common enemy. It hoards too much, controls too much, preys on your weaknesses and you have many. America is the next target. Well on the way there. 58 minutes until YOUR ambulance arrives, driven by robots who assess your cost and pass on assistance because you might tarnish productivity data.
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