Track police response times | NewsRadio 740 KTRH

With crime out of control across the United States, cities that “defunded” the police are also dealing with another consequence of their bad decisions. Slow response times.

The city of Dallas is still facing slow response times, according to a new report.

“It’s kind of a nationwide effect that we have now,” said Doug Griffith, president of the Houston Police Officers Union, “We’re having trouble recruiting and retaining officers, so everyone is short-staffed, and when When dealing with a higher level of call volume in large cities like Houston, the response time will be slower.

That said, response times here in Houston are much better than in Dallas.

“When you look at Houston, we have 677 square miles,” Griffith told KTRH, “With only 5,000 officers, and of those, less than half are on patrol, it will be a place where you will have a greater response time. Now ours is better than Dallas.”

Right now, it’s about 6-6:30 minutes for a code 1 which is the highest priority, code 2 is somewhere in the range of :10 -:11 minutes, and for everything else you can expect to wait between :15 minutes and one hour depending on the incident. But if you call the police, you will get an answer.

One thing that would really help response times here in Houston, which are still some of the slowest since the ’90s, would be to hire more officers. Whether that happens or not remains to be seen.

“We have a lot more people in the city of Houston now,” Griffith said. “If we are missing between 2,000 and 3,000 agents, we are not going to recover that amount in the short term. It will take years.”