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.
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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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.....
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?
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