It's the Manpower, Stupid
- The commander of the 8th District promised to get to the bottom of the incident, which many believe would have never happened had 9-1-1 operators dispatched police.
The first call came into the 9-1-1 center at 10:19 Saturday night. The caller reported an assault in progress but an officer did not respond until 10:45 � 26 minutes later.
The Department is going to end up shouldering the brunt of the public perception of blame here, despite the fact that OEMC (or OEC, OEM or whatever they're calling themselves this week) didn't get the call out for 20+ minutes and is suspending people tonight, but the citizens think call takers have direct access to squad cars:
At least 1,000 parents and neighborhood residents packed the crowded church hall Wednesday night demanding answers from police and the head of the 9-1-1 center. It took police 26 minutes to respond Saturday night and two dispatchers have now been placed on administrative leave. Two 9-1-1 supervisors are also under investigation.
"I'm very unhappy with the way the dispatchers handled the situation," said Tony Ruiz, acting director, OEMC.
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